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Russian ambassador blames Putin’s recent poll victory as partly responsible for terrorist attack which claimed 133


Russian Ambassador to Zambia, Azim Yarakhmedov, has partly blamed recent terrorist attack Russian on those determined to spoil the celebrations of President Vladimir Putin who reportedly won a landslide victory at recent elections by more than 80 percent.

Yarakhmedov was commenting on Saturday’s attack where at least 133 people were reportedly killed at a musical concert in Moscow.

He said investigations were on-going.

“It’s sad to say, investigations are still going on and soon everything will be clear. It’s the first in history that the president of Russia won the elections and got more than 80 percent votes. It is the symbol of unity for the Russian people but someone doesn’t like it. And this celebration, someone decided to ruin it,” said Yarakhmedov.

Russia has charged four men, it said, attacked a Moscow concert hall and killed at least 137 people.

Commenting on the attack, Socialist Party (SP) president, Dr Fred M’membe, says none of the problems Zambia and the whole world faces today can be solved by barbaric acts such as terrorism.

M’membe said a better and more peaceful world was possible, but the citizens of various countries like Russia and Zambia have to struggle for it.

The SP leader said this in Lusaka on Monday after signing the book of condolence at the Russian Embassy in Zambia in memory of the people who were slain in a terrorist attack.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in that insane terrorist attack in Moscow. We also send our condolences to President Putin and the mourning people of Russia,” he stated.

M’membe said acts like these can not be justified in any way.

“Again, our hearts are with the families of those who lost their lives and those injured in this terrorist attack. We will keep you in our prayers,” he wrote.

New Heritage Party president, Chishala Kateka, also joined those who are sending their messages of condolences in Lusaka by signing the book of condolence.

Kateka expressed shock at the attack on the people of Russia by the gunmen who had since been arrested as of Monday, 21, 2024.

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“The New Heritage Party wishes to convey our shock at the attack on the people of Russia. We convey our deepest condolences to President Putin and all Russians,” she said.


Early in the morning, Citizens First party president, Harry Kalaba, also penned his message in the book to the people of Russia at the embassy in Lusaka.

“Citizens First leader Harry Kalaba this morning signed the book of condolences at the Russian Embassy in honor of the 137 Russians who were shot over the weekend,” he wrote.

Kalaba, like others, also laid a wreath at the embassy in remembrance of those who were killed in the attack.

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