Moscow, June 12 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris
Yeltsin has condemned yesterday's bomb attack on the Moscow metro,
saying the incident was aimed at disrupting Sunday's presidential
The Itar-Tass news agency today quoted Yeltsin as saying in a
message to the people of Moscow that the attack was a "savage,
barbaric act ... meant to destabilize the situation in the capital."
Yeltsin also said that "the organizers of this crime against
innocent people will receive the punishment they deserve."
Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, which
killed four people and badly injured twelve others.
Russian news agencies quoted Moscow security officials as saying the
bomb was equipped with a timing device. It exploded in a car of a
subway train between the stations of Tulskaya and Nagatinskaya, just
south of the city center. The subway system was restored this morning.
Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has said that "reactionary forces" were
behind the attack. In addition to the presidential poll, Moscow's mayoral election is scheduled for Sunday.
Communist leaders have said that the bombing was aimed at
destabilizing the situation in Russia ahead of Sunday's elections,
and might be used by Yeltsin as a pretext to "start repressing the
But Kremlin spokesman Sergei Medvedev told Interfax that Yeltsin
does not plan to cancel the presidential election and will take all
measures to prevent new terrorist attacks.