2001 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Yuri Shtukin


08 August, 2000

A suitcase bomb exploded in a pedestrian underpass near Pushkin Square, a year after a wave of bombings had rocked the city killing hundreds. It was rush hour and hundreds of commuters and shoppers were using the underpass, which is connected with the metro. Panic broke out as smoke filled the passageway. Local authorities initially put the blame for the attack on Chechen separatists, but no evidence was produced and no arrests were made. The final death toll was twelve, with many more people injured.

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Yuri Shtukin

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