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January 24th, 2011

Moscow, Russia — At least 31 people killed and over 100 injured after deadly blast at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport

  • Domodedovo airport -Russia’s busiest airport- is 40km (25 miles) south-east of the city centre, and is popular with foreign workers and tourists flying into the city
  • Early local reports suggested the blast hit the baggage reclaim area of the international arrivals hall.
  • More than 20 emergency teams are already on the scene and that hospitals have put 170 places on standby to handle the injured.
  • According to Russia’s chief investigator, the explosion was the work of terrorists but origin of the blast remains unkown.
  • Last March the Russian capital’s underground system was rocked by two female suicide bombers from Russia’s volatile Dagestan region, who detonated their explosives on the busy metro.

Analysts available now:

VITALY NAUMKIN is the president of the International Center for Strategic and Political Studies, Moscow, and an internationally renowned scholar on the Arab and Muslim worlds from ancient to modern times. He is also known for his work on international relations, strategic studies, Islamic Studies, conflict management and resolution, and Eurasian Studies.

Location: Moscow, Russia
Languages: English, Russian

EUGENIO BREGOLAT was Spanish Ambassador to Russia from 1992-7. His career in the Spanish foreign service spans 39 years, and he has also previously served as ambassador to Indonesia (1982-7), Canada (1991-2) and China (1999-2003). He currently serves as Ambassador to Andorra.

Location: Andorra
Languages: English, Russian, French, Spanish

ALEX GABUEV is political correspondent for Kommersant, the leading Russian business newspaper. He formerly served as China correspondent for the newspaper. He has published more than 700 articles covering all aspects of Russian domestic and foreign policy.

Location: Moscow, Russia
Languages: English, Russian, Chinese

ASHER PIRT is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, and comments extensively on security issues within the North Caucasus and Central Asia. He has recently served on deployment as a regional OSCE observer.

Location: London, UK
Languages: English, Russian

JAMES GOLDGEIER is Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a specialist on transatlantic relations and US-Russian relations. He is an award-winning author, former State Department official, and staff member of the National Security Council. Professor of political science and international politics at George Washington University. Author of the book America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollet, PublicAffairs Books, June 2008) and the recent Council special report The Future of NATO (January 2010).

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Languages: English, Russian

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