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9 Apr, 2024 18:34

Russia launches terrorism probe into US and NATO officials

Moscow is following a trail from last month’s Crocus City Hall attack
Russia launches terrorism probe into US and NATO officials

An investigation into terrorism funding by Russian intelligence agencies and law enforcement is focusing on selected Western government officials, the country's national Investigative Committee announced on Tuesday.

The probe, which includes investigataions into the massacre at Crocus City Hall and the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, was launched after a referral by several Russian lawmakers, accusing the US and its allies of organizing the March 22 attack on the Moscow concert venue. 

Investigators are currently looking at the potential involvement of “specific individuals from among government officials, people with civic and commercial organizations of Western countries,” said committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko.

It has already been established that funding for terrorist attacks inside Russia has been funneled through Ukrainian companies, including the notorious Burisma Holdings – former employers of US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter – Petrenko added.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia has also said it would follow the evidence leading to “persons and structures located in the US, Germany, France and Cyprus.”

In addition to last month’s Crocus City Hall attack, the investigation is looking at other terrorist acts, including the assassinations of prominent public figures and the bombing of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in international waters. 

Investigators are establishing the connections between the direct perpetrators of terrorist acts and “foreign curators, organizers and sponsors,” Petrenko added.