No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Following the devastating terrorist assault on the Crocus City Hall concert venue on the outskirts of Moscow last month, which resulted in the most horrific terrorist incident Russia has witnessed in over twenty years, Russian authorities have pointed fingers at Ukraine and implicated Western involvement. This assertion comes despite American officials’ insistence that they had forewarned Russia of a potential Islamic State attack on the venue.

The specificity of the American warning prompts questions regarding the Russian government’s inability (or, perhaps, unwillingness) to avert the tragedy. Nevertheless, Russian officials have largely overlooked the Islamic State’s admission of the attack, choosing instead to assert involvement by U.S. and British intelligence in coordination with Ukraine for orchestrating the shootings.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, refrained from commenting on claims made in The Washington Post regarding the U.S.’s explicit warning about the potential target. Following this, The New York Times released a similar report. Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, attributed the attack directly to Ukrainian security forces, suggesting Western complicity. They continue to use language suggesting that the US-led alliance is propagating a “war” against them.