On December 29, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had detained two persons preparing terrorist attacks in crowded places in the city of Saint Petersburg during the New Year holidays. According to the official statement, the intelligence data about the prepared terrroist attacks was provided by the FSB.
On the same day, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump talked on the phone and the Russian president thanked his US counterpart for sharing intelligence that allowed to prevent the terrorist attack.
The video of the detention:
The suspects were identified as 23-yo Georgy Chernishev and 22-yo Nikita Semenov. They were detained on December 27. After the detention, Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg put them under arrest for 2 months. The charges are “the participation in a terrorist organization.”
- Chernishev was born in St. Petersburg, but during his school years he lived on Parkova Street in the village of Illichyovo, Vyborg District, Leningrad Region. Later, he was registered in an apartment on Lunacharsky Street in St. Petersburg. He lived with a 50-year-old relative, possibly his mother.
- Semenov was born in St. Petersburg. He lived in a house on Yuri Gagarin Avenue with his mother and cousin.
According to the official investigation, they were in contact with ISIS members through messengers and passed on to them information about potential locations for the attacks that they had been preparing. The chosen targets were shopping and entertainment mall “Galereya” and the Kazan Cathedral in the city of Saint Petersburg. Chernyshev and Semenov photographed these locations and supposedly sent them to their ISIS contacts for the final approval of the place and method of crime.
According to data by Russian media, the suspects recorded the video declare their allegiance to ISIS. The video of the supposed ISIS allegiance declaration:
It’s interesting to note that the recorded video (in Arabic) includes grammar mistakes and uses the shortened version of the ISIS declaration of the allegiance. Also, the suspects declared their loyality to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed by US forces in Syria’s Idlib earlier in 2019.
The video released by the FSB (above) shows the home of the one of the suspects. Knives, ammunition, as well as the book “The Doctrine of Egyptian Freemasonry” by John Yarker can be seen on the video.
The recently revealed facts led to a new interpretation of events related to the preparation of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. The shortened and date version of the ISIS allegiance declaration, grammar mistakes in the Arabic text, the reading of “The Doctrine of Egyptian Freemasonry” by John Yarker, and the identity of the suspects themselves allow to suppose that they were not ISIS neophytes, but rather tried to use the declaration of the allegiance to ISIS as a cover for their actions.
Both Chernishev and Semenov look very similar to the Moscow terrorist that opened fire at the FSB building on December 19: 39-yo man from Podolsk, the Moscow region – Yevgeny Manyurov. He also lived with his mother, had no permanent job, lacked hard skills and obtained the modern ‘liberal arts education’.
This video shows the moment when the terrorist was neutralized:
In the December 20 article on the Manyurov case, SouthFront provided a look at possible motivations of Manyurov. One of them was that he was a person (with or without psychiatric disorders) motivated for a direct terrorist action by radical neo-liberal propaganda. Over the past years, a hysterical neo-liberal propaganda has been on rise in the Russian media sphere. The aim of this propaganda campaign is to brainwash people and create a radical protest sentiment among members of target groups. There were also indications that the December 19 attack was coordinated with representatives of the Russian “liberal opposition”. This can be seen by reaction of such corporations like Google, and pro-Western, liberal media outlets.
It’s possible to suggest that Chernishev and Semenov were in touch with ‘Russian liberals’ living outside the country or groups affilated with Western intelligences and interested in the destabilization of Russia. In this event, the ISIS story is just a cover operation for a planned act of terror by the hands of ‘liberal psychos’ indocrinated by the hysterical neo-liberal and anti-Russian propaganda. This could help to explain the reasoning behind the decision by US President Donald Trump to provide the Russian side with the data about the prepared terrorist attacks.
Since the very start of the Trump presidency, he has been in an open conflict with the so-called Deep State, in particular the apparatus of the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). To contain them, Trump relies on the part of the establishment affiliated with the US national industry, including the military industrial complex, and the Department of Defense and its intelligence agencies. This conflict became especially acute ahead of the 2020 presidential election and amid the Democrats’ attempts to impeach Trump. Therefore, it is likely that Trump’s decision to help the Russians to prevent terrorist attacks in Saint Petersburg was a part of the ongoing standoff between the rival political factions inside the United States.
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