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GRU Bombing Campaign in Georgia?

[ 18 ] July 22, 2011 |

Sourcing is a little thin (and by thin, I mean entirely sourced to the Georgian Ministry of the Interior), and implication seems strong (based on Russian behavior in Georgia, we should scotched New START, put Russia on terror sponsorship list, etc.), but interesting nevertheless:

A bomb blast near the U.S. Embassy in Tblisi, Georgia, in September was traced to a plot run by a Russian military intelligence officer, according to an investigation by the Georgian Interior Ministry.

Shota Utiashvili, the most senior official in charge of intelligence analysis for the ministry, said in an interview with The Washington Times that the recent spate of bombings and attempted bombings – including what he said was a blast targeting the U.S. Embassy – was the work of Russian GRU officer Maj. Yevgeny Borisov.

Georgian court has charged Maj. Borisov, who is based in the Russian-occupied province of Abkhazia, with being the mastermind behind a spate of 12 bombings and attempted bombings throughout the country in the past year. These attempts include the detonation of a military-grade explosive about 100 yards from the U.S. Embassy in Tblisi on Sept. 22. No deaths or injuries were reported.

Lake’s description of the South Ossetia War is… tendentious, but I wouldn’t be all that surprised to find that Russian intelligence had embarked on a campaign like this. Whether the United States should react to such a campaign by suspending- I’m not sure what, exactly, but it has something to do with “reset”- is a different question entirely.

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  1. ajay says:

    I think it seems unlikely – there haven’t been any deaths or injuries yet. If the Russians were setting off bombs, they wouldn’t be mucking around with property damage, they’d be killing people, just like they did in Moscow. Russian intelligence doesn’t have a problem with killing people.

  2. Daragh McDowell says:

    Remember, prior to the War the Russian’s regularly dropped dummy bombs, shot down drowns and let the leash off Ossete and Abkhaz militias so they could mortar and snipe into Georgian territory. GRU planting a bomb is well within the range of activities a reasonable person could expect from Russia in Georgia.

    Also – remember that we still don’t know who the ‘official’ presidential candidate will be for 2012, and there’ve been rumblings of tension within the power vertical. At times like this, the siloviki have and their antecendents have often made mischief abroad (i.e. the Litvinenko poisoning) in order to warn their domestic enemies off encroaching on their prerogatives, and to create an international environment discouraging to internal reform. This may be what’s going on here, but as usual with Russia, its theory and conjecture. We don’t have a lot of evidence and probably never will.

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  4. wengler says:

    Or perhaps Saakasbvili took a page out of the Putin’s handbook and set them himself.

  5. blowback says:

    Remember, prior to the War the Russian’s regularly dropped dummy bombs, shot down drowns and let the leash off Ossete and Abkhaz militias so they could mortar and snipe into Georgian territory. GRU planting a bomb is well within the range of activities a reasonable person could expect from Russia in Georgia.

    No, I don’t remember. What I do remember is the Georgian military launching a murderous attack on civilians in Tskhinvali that the hypocrites in Washington totally ignored.

    As for the drowns (sic), if Georgia were flying them over South Ossetia, it is hardly surprising that the South Ossetians or their allies shot them down. The next time I see the Russians flying drones over Washington, I expect to see Americans greeting them with flowers and applause.

    As for the bombing, what benefit would the Russians gain by it? As far as I can see, absolutely nothing. What benefit would Saakashvili gain from it? Dumb Americans in Washington stupid enough to think that those poor Georgians need help. BTW, the only help that Georgians really need is someone whacking that autocratic moron they have as president and an apology from Washington for screwing things up with the “Rose Revolution”.

    • Daragh McDowell says:

      No, I don’t remember.

      Probably because you hadn’t even heard of Tskhinvali before the war started. I study the FSU, and the Russians had been engaging in blatantly provocative actions for at least a year before the war started.

      As for the drowns (sic), if Georgia were flying them over South Ossetia, it is hardly surprising that the South Ossetians or their allies shot them down. The next time I see the Russians flying drones over Washington, I expect to see Americans greeting them with flowers and applause.

      Except South Ossetia was recognised as sovereign Georgian territory, even by Russia, at the time (and for that matter, still is by 99% of the globe including Russia’s staunchest allies.) A more apt comparison might be if part of Texas tried to secede, and Mexico shot down a drone (you’ll note I made the correction) sent by the USA.

      As for the bombing, what benefit would the Russians gain by it?

      You’ll not I explained quite clearly why elements within the Russian security establishment might be motivated to plant a bomb. If you don’t understand Russian internal politics, well, then you probably shouldn’t claim there’s no reason for the Russians to do something.

      Moral indignation and ranting about ‘idiots in Washington’ may feel good, but there’s a whole 16 year history of Russo-Georgian relations prior to August 2008 that you might want to familiarise yourself with before declaring Saakashvili history’s greatest monster.

      • Robert Farley says:

        Aye. While we should be resistant to believe everything the Georgians say about Russia, we should be doubly resistant to believe all Russian claims regarding Georgia.

        No angels here, and it does a disservice to pretend that there are.

        • Daragh McDowell says:

          Precisely, and apologies for being a bit rude. The stuff on ‘apologising for the Rose Revolution’ kinda set me off. Thousands of Georgians didn’t rush parliament to depose Shevardnadze because he was a universally beloved democrat and they were in the pay of parliament.

          But see also my post above in reply to Wengler. The more I look at this the more inclined I am to believe this is a Georgian false flag. But there are compelling reasons why Russia, or elements within it, MIGHT want to do something like this.

          • Daragh McDowell says:

            GRR! ‘Pay of the Americans’ that should read of course. Must stop writing before caffeine has kicked in.

          • Doug says:

            “…this is a Georgian false flag.”

            If the current Georgian government had a record of subtlety or finesse-filled tricks, it’d be an idea worth considering. But when they want people to think Russia is messing with Georgia, they just fake TV news coverage of a renewed invasion and run it in prime-time. Triple bank shots are not their style.

  6. Doug says:

    For what it’s worth, the place where the bomb “targeting” the US embassy was found it a great big open field, in the post-industrial (or never-built-up) areas on the outskirts of Tbilisi where the new embassy was built. There’s a busy road on one side of the embassy (not where the bomb was) and a furniture store across the fairly large parking lot on another side, but otherwise, the area around the embassy is empty fields for at least a quarter of a mile. The embassy itself is of course a new-style compound, with high walls deep setbacks and tough exterior walls.

    Getting explosives in Georgia is probably not that difficult (not that I’ve tried, mind you) and plonking them down in an open field is not going to be very hard either. Calling this “targeting” the US embassy, however, is a bit of a stretch.

    There’ve also been small bombs around railway connections and, I think, some other infrastructure targets. It’s surprisingly amateurish for GRU business. If they were serious about making Georgia look unstable, you’d think they could sober up long enough to do things that are much more annoying.

    On day-to-day stories, messenger.ge and civil.ge are pretty reliable.

  7. AS says:

    According to Washington Times, the US intelligence agencies have already confirmed the Georgian accounts that the bombings where orchestrated by the Russian GRU. Please read:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/26/us-report-russia-tied-to-embassy-blast/

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