Putin's Iron Grip, Forged in the Fires of Terrorism
Senior Eurasia Analyst, Stratfor
MIN READSep 4, 2016 | 13:00 GMT
A Russian special police soldier carries an injured colleague as two soldiers and two women take cover during the Beslan school siege in 2004. Putin rose to power on the promise of averting similar terrorist attacks.
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Sept. 4 marks Russia's Day of Solidarity, a remembrance of two brutal terrorist incidents: the start of an apartment bombing campaign in 1999 and the bloody end of a siege at a Beslan school in 2004. Much as the 9/11 attacks changed the national psyche of the United States, those events altered Russia's trajectory and shaped the identity of the Russian people. They were also key to Vladimir Putin's rise to the heights of power....