A Bloomberg article reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle does not believe his rhetoric that Ukraine was involved in the deadly concert hall attack in Moscow on March 22.

According to “four people with close ties to the Kremlin,” who wished to stay anonymous due to the subject’s sensitivity, nearly no one they know within Russia’s political and business elite believes Ukraine was behind the Crocus City Hall attack, which took the lives of 139 people, Bloomberg reported.

One of them told Bloomberg that Putin was present during the discussions after the attack that demonstrated no links to Kyiv, but the Russian president was determined to utilize the attack to frame Ukraine and rally support for his war.

Following the attack, Putin acknowledged the involvement of “radical Islamists” but continued to accuse Kyiv of aiding the suspects’ escape into Ukraine, a claim Kyiv categorically denied.

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Moscow’s official narrative stated that the suspects were arrested en route to the Ukrainian border, which conflicted with initial reports of their arrest near the Belarusian border. Putin’s staunch ally, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, also boasted of Belarusian special services’ role in capturing the suspects, which further contradicts Moscow’s narrative.

Individuals from Russian intelligence circles also claimed the West and Ukraine were to blame for the attack with no supporting evidence.

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In response to the Bloomberg article, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova called it “mother of all fakes.”

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Ben
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They don't believe him because it's not true! Putin F'ed up and is trying to cover it up!

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TTM
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Two facts emerge:
1.Pootin’s inner circle has disagreement with him.
2. The inner circle is willing to let such disagreements be known.
This signifies that support for Pootin from his closest, is waning. Great news; it is one more nail in Pootin’s coffin. There is only one ultimate end to this, and it involves both Pootin and a coffin.

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Coach John
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What Putin is trying (and failing) to do is pull off a 'Rumsfeld'.
Twenty-three years ago 9/11 was perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, led by Usama Bin Laden.
At the time, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was so obsessed with invading Iraq that he fabricated ties between the Iraqi government and Al Qaeda, even though everyone in the intelligence community knew that not only there was no link, but that the two entities were enemies to one another.
The result? 4,000 lost American lives, 100,000 Iraqi deaths, $1 trillion wasted, a wrecked Iraq, and a forever disgraced Rumsfeld.
Nicely done, Vlad! You and Rumsfeld are equally stupid and awful.

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db
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PUTIN YOU ARE A STUPID DOUCHE !!!

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John
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What's this? Folks in putler's inner circle (and Belarus) not towing his official line. As putler does not tolerate opposition, that leaves these dissenters two choices..

1. Dispose of putler quickly
2. Top up life insurance policy and say goodbye to loved ones.

db
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@John, JOHN YOU ROCK SIR !!!!!

JD
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@db, Troll John is a moron and so are you.

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