“We can not change our ways - providing undeserved credit to the madness and insanity – life has to go on…”
The saftey and security in Russia has generally a higher level than any other countries in Europe. You reserve/ enter trains or flight with your passport, airports have double scanning procedures for entering the airport and planes (including body scans) for both domestic & international flights. Hotels, restaurants, metro stations & public buildings have metal detectors (luggage scans in hotelsback office for group arrivals). A large presence of traffic police on streets, visa regulations, camera surveillance on streets & subway provides extra attention and control. The “Winter Olympic 2014” was probably one of the most professional security setups seen in history of sport events without public evidence of threats, weapons and security dressed in sport costumes.
People mourn and go on with life with very little aftermath effects visual however with a strengthen security not obviously seen – hardly noted but existent. During the last decades after incidents things normalize quickly from an outside perspective – however people do not forget and in Russia 3 days of mourning was announced.
Russia surely got its share of tragedies during the last decades and now in St. Petersburg. However, rarely with the same attention and solidarity as seen elsewhere the last years – if not filled and combined with political speculations as presently seen in the reporting of western and North America media of the tragedy…
The metro attack is a crime against all of us – you and me. After my more then 25 years in Russia I have learnt that Russian people do not politicize, speculate, judge or analyze various scenarios and opinions during long debates – but provide facts only when known.
Reactions to this and other incidents during the last decades are extremely efficient and quick with an immediate security built up in transport hubs in St. Petersburg, Moscow as well as other cities. Within minutes Medical assistance was available and in the hour the Metro in St. Petersburg was closed and secured. The solidarity of and support of regular people was instantly and extra transportation was provided, taxis and busses was offered free of charge rides, individual people wrote sign in windows telling their routs and provided transport for fellow citizens. The Metro system provides transport for around 2 million people travelling by the Metro daily and continue to do so already in the evening (except the line of the incident).
Personally, I travelled from Moscow to St. Petersburg by metro and train a few hours after the attack. The general security presence was immediate, police in Metro and the main gate of the train’s station was temporary closed and entry only through another gate.
People mourn and show support and affection for victims with disgust of the actions of innocent people but don’t provide evidence for any “success of attacks” prolonging the sensation – life goes on which doesn’t mean that it will be forgotten. Every 9th of May people mourn and remember the sacrifice of the 27 million people perished during the Second World War (friends, family and relatives) to never forget the past and present crimes on humanity.
How should we react? We can not give up our plans and intended way of living or change our lives to past threats as it will result in the success of the motive of the assaulter – the more attention and speculations the more to follow – forcing us to change our right to choose our own freedom…
Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone, No ordinary yardstick can span her greatness: She stands alone, unique – In Russia, one can only believe.Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803 – 1873 Russian poet)