The April 3 bombing of the St. Petersburg Metro—which killed 13 people and the terrorist—was merely the latest in a long list of terror incidents originating within Russia’s ticking time bomb Muslim population, which by some estimates make up as much as 12 or 15 percent of the population.
The St. Petersburg attack perpetrator has been identified as an ethnic Uzbek named Akbarzhon Jalilov, who, significantly, was a Russian citizen.
Russian media reported that he travelled to Syria in 2014 and trained with ISIS.
Russia’s large Muslim population is concentrated in the far south of the former Soviet Union. They make up the majority of the nationalities in the North Caucasus residing between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea: the Circassians, Balkars, Chechens, Ingush, Kabardin, Karachay, and numerous Dagestani peoples. The majority of the Bulgars and Bashkirrs who reside in the Volga Basin are also Muslim.
However, in recent years, there have been millions of invaders pouring into Russia from central Asia and the Middle East, and the total illegal alien population is estimated to be at least 12 million—a figure similar to the estimates of illegal aliens in the U.S.
With an estimated Muslim population of just under two million, Moscow holds the title of the “largest Muslim city in Europe.”
2015: Muslims attend morning prayers, Ramadan, in Moscow.
Russia has been struggling with Islamic terrorism for over 15 years already, predating even the attacks of 9-11 in America.
Russia’s most infamous Muslim terrorist attack was the Beslan school siege, where Muslims from Chechnya took over 1,000 people hostage in September 2004. At least 330 people were killed, including 186 children.
The Second Chechen War started after apartment buildings in Moscow and two other Russian cities were bombed in September 1999, killing about 300 people. Russian officials blamed Chechen leaders, while others—including former Russian operatives—have claimed the bombings were in fact perpetrated by the Russian government in a bid to resume military action in Chechnya.
Dozens of Muslims from Chechnya seized a Moscow theater filled with nearly 1,000 people in October 2002. That incident resulted in the deaths of at least 130 people.
A double suicide bombing in Tushino in 2003 killed 15 people; 90 people were murdered when bombs exploded on a pair of Russian airplanes in 2004; 40 people died in May 2012 when suicide bombers detonated cars filled with explosives in Makhachkala; and 12 died in March 2010 in a double suicide bombing in Kizlyar. Muslim fanatics from the Caucasus region were linked to each attack.
An October 2013 suicide bombing on a bus in Volgograd killed seven people and injured 36 others and, two months later, a pair of suicide attacks in the same city killed 34 people after bombings at a train station and a trolleybus.
A train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg was derailed by a homemade chemical bomb in November 2009, resulting in 26 deaths.
The Moscow Metro has been the site of multiple bombings including in February and August 2004 (51 dead), and March 2010 (41 dead).
In August 2016, ISIS claimed credit for its first attack in the country, a gun-and-axe assault on police officers near Moscow. Two police officers were wounded in the incident; however, both terrorists were shot and killed.
It is clear that unless the government of Vladimir Putin urgently addresses the twin issues of illegal immigration within the Russian Federation, and the repatriation of all non-ethnic Russians back to their original territories—Russia will sooner rather than later be facing the same demographic problems as America or Western Europe.