Colossal failure of Russian spies: Putin Fabricating Enemies to Escape Blame

Putin and his spies are running away from facing reality, according to Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov, Russian investigative journalists and co-founders of

by Sededin Dedovic
Colossal failure of Russian spies: Putin Fabricating Enemies to Escape Blame
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On March 22, a day that will surely be remembered, Moscow was shaken by a terrible act of terror. The echoes of music that once joyfully echoed in the concert hall, which was a symbol of entertainment, were replaced by screams of fear, and almost 150 victims of unimaginable carnage remained.

The aftermath has left hundreds of Russian families mired in grief, desperate for answers as to how this could have been avoided. In the wake of such a tragedy, the imperative of transparency and an unwavering commitment to fact-based investigation becomes paramount.

The terrorist attack at a Moscow concert hall, which killed 139 people and injured 180, is a huge blow to Putin's boast of stability, a pillar of his 25-year rule. It was also an intelligence failure for the FSB, which was busy harassing supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was killed by the Kremlin in February.

Putin and his spies are running away from facing reality, according to Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov, Russian investigative journalists and co-founders of They reveal a troubling reality, one in which the Kremlin machinery, instead of meticulously pursuing perpetrators, shifts gears according to a familiar pattern.

In the corridors of power, powerful figures exert their influence not to untangle the tangled web of truth, but to weave a convenient narrative—one that prioritizes self-preservation over the pursuit of true justice.

The FSB, Russia's powerful security agency, traditionally respected for its competence, is now trapped in a loyalty test of unprecedented proportions. Instead of embarking on an arduous journey of chasing down clues and uncovering the facts, his agents are forced to accept a narrative drawn from the threads of fantasy.

In this fictional story, the antagonist is not a tangible enemy, but a specter — a concoction born of Western machinations and Ukrainian subterfuge. As often in the past, the director of the FSB explained that old enemies - the USA, Ukraine and Great Britain - were behind the attacks.

"We believe that the action was prepared by the radical Islamists themselves and, of course, with the help of the Western special services, and the Ukrainian special services themselves have a direct connection with it," said Alexander Bortnikov.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of Russia, former head of the FSB, was even more direct. When asked by a journalist whether ISIS (which claimed responsibility for the attack) or Ukraine was responsible for the attack, Patrushev replied: "Ukraine, of course." The fact that the US and UK embassies had warned Russia two weeks earlier of a threatened attack, in Moscow, on mass gatherings, "including concerts", thus became part of the narrative that the US and its friends actually organized mass murder.

Crocus City Hall Terrorist Atack© The Telegraph / Youtube channel

This tragic saga is not without precedent, as Borogan and Soldatov astutely note. The pages of history bear witness to similar narratives that developed after the atrocities of the past, with the West constantly playing the role of the villain.

The underlying motive remains crystal clear: to divert attention from homeland security failures and protect those in power from the wrath of public scrutiny. Yet the Kremlin's grip extends far beyond the confines of its security apparatus.

Independent voices, once beacons of truth in a sea of propaganda, are being systematically silenced. Most of the media is under state control, leaving the population desiccated for impartiality, thirsty for the unvarnished truth.

The repercussions of Putin's orchestrated charade go beyond Russia's borders, casting a shadow over international efforts to fight terrorism. By inventing a narrative of Western intrigue, the Kremlin is undermining genuine cooperation on the global stage, sowing the seeds of mistrust and suspicion where solidarity matters most.

But old narratives never really die. They are too useful when needed. Last month, Putin was interviewed by Tucker Carlson. Suddenly, the old accusations from 2001 came back: "I have repeatedly asked the United States not to support separatism or terrorism in the North Caucasus.

But they continued to do it anyway. And political support, informational support, financial support, even military support came from the United States and its satellites for terrorist groups in the Caucasus". The long-term consequences of this carefully crafted fiction are deep and far-reaching.

A society fed a steady diet of conspiracy theories finds itself teetering on the edge of disbelief, its faith in institutions eroded and its sense of unity shattered. In the absence of independent media to offer fact-based reporting, and amid deep public skepticism about what is really going on, the public space will be filled with numerous half-truths and outright lies.

Amidst the chaos and confusion, a clarion call for accountability resounds. The victims of the Moscow attacks – lives snuffed out in an instant – deserve justice, not empty promises of fraud.