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Moscow airport bomb: a moment of truth for Russia and Medvedev

Even as Russia mourns the dozens killed and hundreds wounded in yesterday's apparent suicide attack at Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow must take stock of its failed policy in the north Caucasus region. Coming after a series of suicide attacks from Chechen terrorists, this latest bombing shows that Russia is in the throes of a low-intensity civil war.

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Russia is mourning and burying its dead. But yesterday’s terrorist attack in the Domodedovo International Airport leaves more than pain in its wake. It also stands as evidence of a major policy failure in the north Caucasus, a patchwork of seven republics that flank Russia’s southwestern border. That policy now threatens to destabilize southern Russia, spark an anti-democratic response, and endanger the stability of the strategic Caucasus region as a whole.

The apparent pair of suicide bombers exploded a shrapnel-loaded 11 lb. bomb at Moscow’s busiest airport, leaving at least 35 dead and 180 wounded, including foreigners.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has already blamed ministry and airport officials for intolerable security lapses and is now calling on Russian transportation centers to implement US-style passenger checks, which he praised as “meticulous.”

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