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Monday, 25 July 2011

25 July 2011. VOR Roundup on the Norwegian Terrorist Act

Today, Norway held a nationwide moment of silence. At 12.00 CET (14.00 MSK 11.00 UTC 06.00 EDT 03.00 PDT), Norwegians stopped what they were doing to commemorate the 93 people who died on 22 July in a dual terrorist attack. The [Russian] Foreign Ministry expressed its profound condolences to the bereaved families. In the early morning hours, hundreds of Muscovites laid flowers and candles at the entrance to the Norwegian Embassy on Povarsky Street. Knut Hauge, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, said, “Here at the Embassy, ​​we feel the solidarity of the Russian people. Of course, for us it’s very important. Your president, your prime minister, and ordinary citizens expressed their condolences. This’ll be a very difficult day. At 12.00 MSK (10.00 CET 09.00 UTC 04.00 EDT 01.00 PDT), we’ll open a book of condolences at the embassy”.


According to recent information, the death toll from the terrorist act in Norway rose to 97 people. Previous reports stated that there were 92 dead. Several people are still missing. Some fear that they drowned when they tried to swim from Utøya Island to escape the bullets. The lawyer representing Breivik said that his client believed that his attack was “cruel, but necessary”, Interfax reported.


On Monday, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses, that a waiting crowd attacked the police car that was bringing Oslo terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik to court. People were waiting near the courthouse where the hearings in the case are occurring today; they punched the windows of the car. The crowd yelled, “Bloody traitor!” They tried to block the car’s passage, which stopped it for a moment. However, the police intervened, pushed the protesters back, and the car went on its way. “Everyone here would love to see him dead”, said one of the members of the flash-mob, who refused to give his name. On Saturday, the authorities formally charged Breivik under Article 147 of the Norwegian Penal Code, “On Terrorism, and Terrorist Activities”. He faces charges for the shooting at the youth camp on Utøya Island and for planning the bomb blast in Oslo. According to RIA-Novosti, the maximum sentence in Norway for terrorism and terrorist activities is 21 years in prison.

The nightmarish massacre that took place on Utøya Island wasn’t the first terrorist act in Norway. In the early ’90s, fired- up Satanists, pagans, and hard rockers (black metalists) were part of a violent nationalist movement in Norway. Then, Satanists and their hangers-on burned dozens of churches and killed people, including immigrants and homosexuals. However, the authorities suppressed the movement in short order, its leaders received long prison sentences, and the movement died out.


As Norwegian police are on the lookout for the alleged accomplices of Anders Breivik in a bloody massacre on Utøya Island and a bomb blast in Oslo, European rightwing organisations were quick to deny that Breivik had any links to them. Breivik told the district court in Oslo that he wanted to save Europe from Marxism and from being overrun by Muslims. He didn’t deny that he’d committed mass murder, but he pleaded “not guilty”. The court upheld his further detention for eight more weeks.

Victor Kuvaldin, the head of the Moscow School of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, said, “We can’t rule out that Breivik’s crime is a consequence of the botched policy of multiculturalism, even major European leaders attest to its failure. Why were his victims Norwegians? Moreover, why did he target young people, supporters of the ruling party? He did it in order to make the whole world listen to exactly what he wanted to say. He wanted to warn people of the dangers that, in his view, threaten Europe… he believes that the influx of foreigners, people of different nationalities, with different skin colour, and with different religion is a mortal danger”.

On Monday, British newspapers reported that Breivik allegedly planned an action entitled “Crusader” in England. The far-right in Britain and other European countries rushed to say that they didn’t have anything to do with him. The League for the Defence of England has placed two statements on its website, which categorically denied any connection with “that beastly creature”. The organisation “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” wouldn’t let Breivik on its forum on Facebook because of his neo-Nazi contacts. The German National Democratic Party said, as regards the crime in Norway, it believes that the use of force is a monopoly of the state. The ultra-right Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) expressed its deep regret at the fact that the killer was once in its ranks.

Pavel Prokhorov, the editor of the news site Российская Норвегия (Rossiskaya Norvegiya: Russian Norway), said, “It was all predictable. Earlier, in general, most thought that radical right would always, by default, support the FrP, and be in favour of its growth, which is true in terms of right-wing radicals. Now, I think, in order to survive, so that they don’t lose what support they have, they’ll have to dissociate themselves from such scum. The Norwegian media often write about crimes that involve foreigners. Therefore, it’s not surprising that people suspected, at first, that Muslims were behind the explosion in Oslo”.

Fuad Abu Hadzhla, Editor-in-chief of the Jordanian newspaper Al-Gad, said, “Breivik’s massacre proves, once again, that terrorism has many faces. The official reaction of the Arab world was an absolute condemnation of this terrorist act. Arab leaders, including Jordan’s King, expressed their condolences to the government of Norway and the bereaved families. However, ordinary Arabs were extremely agitated when they heard the news of the explosion at the government compound in central Oslo and the massacre on Utøya Island. Everyone was afraid that Islamic groups would get the blame for the act. They feared that it would intensify the assumption amongst Europeans that terrorism has only one face… an Arabic one. What happened in Norway shows that terrorism has no nationality; it has no skin colour or faith”.

Pál Tamás, the director of the Institute of Sociology Budapest holds this view, “Despite the fact that the far-right sentiments are gaining momentum, it doesn’t mean a quick end to multiculturalism. I think the far right’s gaining influence. However, in this case, we’re talking of a madman. Of course, the New Right is picking up speed and expanding, and that creates a certain tacit background to it all. Nevertheless, in addition to this, in Europe, there’s a very large number of ‘multiculturalisms’. Of course, the integration of some European societies has yet to take place, but it will be on some sort of multicultural basis. There won’t be an early end to multiculturalism, especially not as a reaction to the act of a lunatic”.

Meanwhile, the cops are on the lookout for any possible accomplices that “Crusader” Breivik may have had. At his hearing, he said that he has links to two other cells, which’re ready to strike again.


The police halted the memorial “Procession of Roses”, which started in Oslo, because it had grown too large to be controllable. According to various estimates, there were 100,000 to 150,000 people on the town square. The cops asked the marchers to stick around for a rally. Many people congregated on the city’s quays, which are off from the central district by water. They were trying to get on ferries to get to Town Hall Square, according to ITAR-TASS. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang, as well as former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, are scheduled to lead the rally. Anders Breivik, who committed a double attack on Friday, called them his main enemies.

 25 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service







A Norwegian Terrorist: A Stranger Amongst His Own

Anders Behring Breivik has admitted that he planned the shooting on Utøya Island. His lawyer said that Breivik would explain the motivation for his action in a court hearing on Monday, 25 July…

An ethnic Norwegian, 32-years-old, blond, resident of a prestigious Oslo neighbourhood, and the owner of a small vegetable farm… that’s who planned and carried out the most horrendous massacre in Norway’s post-war history. He not only set off a blast in the capital of one of the most tranquil states in Europe, he also shot and killed 85 people in a youth camp. Norwegian journalists studied the postings made by Breivik on the Internet shortly before the attack, and they concluded that he’d planned the attack for nine years.

Those who survived the shootings at the camp said that the Oslo blast completely bewildered everyone. Many tired to contact their relatives to find out what was going on. Consequently, when a man in a police uniform appeared and opened fire, no one could believe it. Lasse Christiansen, the father of two girls, Helen and Nina, who were at the Utøya Island camp on that fatal day, said, “The main goal was to simply escape. When the tragedy occurred, Helen and Nina were at different places on the island. Helen was indoors, in her room. She heard the gunshots and, fearing that he might come in, she jumped out of the window, and she managed to hide behind the rocks on the shore. However, the man reappeared. She and the other kids threw themselves into the water, bullets whizzing all around them. Helen realised that she’d better swim away from the group, as he was mainly targeting clusters. She noticed that he was a marksman. Nina, our second girl, said that he entered tents and shot those inside dead”.

Many drowned, some died because of hypothermia, and others sank because they didn’t have the time to take off their clothes and heavy shoes. Meanwhile, the latest reports say police found at least one bomb on the island, there might be several more. Some say that this is proof that one person carried out both terrorist attacks. There’s also been a report that people saw a suspicious-looking cop in the government quarter in Oslo shortly before the bomb went off there. It’s unclear whether Breivik had an accomplice, as some eyewitnesses claim that there were two gunmen on Utøya Island. At present, investigators are following up on these reports.

We should note that the news that the suspect was an ethnic Norwegian utterly shocked Norwegian society, as it wasn’t an Islamist or an immigrant as many thought at first. The fact that he chose the youth camp of the ruling centre-left Labour Party led analysts to conjecture that he held extremist rightwing views. Pavel Bayev, a security expert at the International Institute for Peace Research in Oslo commented, “The police insisted that the same person carried out these two attacks. He arrived on the island in police uniform, saying that he needed to hold a special briefing on the bomb blast in Oslo. Yes, people saw him in central Oslo, but how he placed the device, and how he set it off is still unclear. It appears that he acted on his own. He has a page on a social network site where he set forth quite forthright anti-Islamic views and he expressed sharp disagreement with the present government’s immigration policy. Therefore, [Breivik] targeted the government and campers from the Labour Party’s youth organisation”.

Norwegian TV said that Breivik used to be a member of the far-right Progress Party (FrP). Experts noted that, recently, he purchased 6 tons of mineral fertilisers, allegedly for his farm, which he could’ve also used in bomb-making. It’s possible that this fertiliser was the main ingredient in the bombs that went off in central Oslo. Today, many call these twin attacks “Norway’s 9/11”. President Dmitri Medvedev and US President Barack Obama sent their condolences to Norway concerning the tragedy. Moscow and Washington also offered Oslo any aid that it might need in investigating the attacks. So far, there’s been a renewed call from around the world to strengthen international cooperation in combating terrorism, and some countries have taken measures on their own account. Amongst others, Norway closed its border in the aftermath of the attacks, Czechia tightened security measures, and Russia advised that we should focus on the protection of children in summer camps.

MVD (Police) Major General Tatiana Moskalkova, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for CIS Affairs in the RF Gosduma, commented on this, saying, “We need to discuss the question of how we could protect all of our children. This year, we passed a very good law, which established a three-level terror alarm system. We need to exercise the utmost vigilance in our licensing agencies; we need to check out everyone who applies to acquire weapons with due care. Besides that, we must pay particular attention to mentally unstable people, especially if they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol. Children are the most vulnerable part of our society. We must do our best so that there’s not a repetition of the Beslan hostage tragedy or of the recent events in Norway, here in Russia”.

Meanwhile, over the past two days, Muscovites brought flowers to the Norwegian Embassy, where its national flag flies at half-mast.

24 July 2011

Polina Chernitsa

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Note this part of General Moskalkova’s quote:

We need to exercise the utmost vigilance in our licensing agencies; we need to check out everyone who applies to acquire weapons with due care. Besides that, we must pay particular attention to mentally unstable people, especially if they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The reason why the shooter in the Giffords incident in Arizona got access to guns was that the Republican junta in Arizona is ideologically opposed to “gun control”, so, it didn’t keep its registry of mentally unstable people up to date. Yes, Virginia, there IS a consequence to electing members of the New GOP/Tea Party to public office. Everything goes by the boards except keeping taxes down for the oligarchs, waging endless wars in foreign parts, gutting all banking and stock regulation, and nabbing the few criminals who prey on the rich (that’s why their McMansions are in physically remote exurbs, often in a “gated community”, behind a berm… I kid you not… I’ve seen it for myself).

General Moskalkova makes good sense… Lil’ Mizz Sarah doesn’t. Which of these two gals do you want on your side? If you guessed that I’d say General Moskalkova, you guessed correctly… as for the other… let’s just leave it at that…


Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Remarks at the Memorial Service on 24 July 2011 at the Oslo Domkirke for the Victims of the Recent Terrorist Attacks

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (1959- )


Your Majesties,

Dear Eskil,

Dear all of you,

It’s nearly two days since Norway was hit by the worst atrocity it’s seen since the Second World War, on Utøya, and in Oslo. It seems like an eternity. These have been hours, days, and nights filled with shock, despair, anger, and weeping. Today is a day for mourning. Today, we’ll allow ourselves to pause. Remember the dead. Mourn those who are no longer with us. 92 lives have been lost. Several people are still missing. Every single death is a tragedy. Together they add up to a national tragedy.

We’re still struggling to take in the scale of this tragedy. Many of us know someone who’s been lost. Even more know of someone. I knew several. One of them was Monica. She worked on Utøya for 20 years or so. For many of us, she was Utøya. Now, she’s dead. Shot and killed whilst providing care and security for young people from all over the country. Her husband John, and daughters Victoria and Helene are in Drammen Church today. It’s so unfair. I want you to know that we’re weeping with you. Another is Tore Eikeland, Leader of the Labour Youth League in Hordaland, and one of our most talented young politicians. I remember him being met with acclaim by the whole Labour national congress when he gave a stirring speech against the EU Postal Directive, and won the debate. Now, he’s dead. Gone forever. It’s incomprehensible. These are two of those we’ve lost.

We’ve lost many more on Utøya and in the government offices. We’ll soon have their names and pictures. Then, the full extent of this evil act will become apparent in all its horror. This will be a new ordeal. However, we’ll get through this too. Amidst all this tragedy, I’m proud to live in a country that has managed to hold its head up high at a critical time. I’ve been impressed by the dignity, compassion, and resolve I’ve met. We’re a small country, but a proud people. We’re still shocked by what’s happened, but we’ll never give up our values. Our response is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. However, never naïveté. No one’s said it better than the Labour Youth League girl who was interviewed by CNN, “If one man can create that much hate, you can only imagine how much love we as a togetherness can create”.

Finally, I’d like to say to the families all over the country who have lost one of their loved ones… You have my and the whole of Norway’s deepest sympathy for your loss. Not only that… the whole world shares your sorrow. I’ve promised to pass on the condolences of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Frederik Reinfeldt, Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Dmitri Medvedev, and many other heads of state and government. This cannot make good your loss. Nothing can bring your loved ones back. However, we all need support and comfort when life is at its darkest. Now, life is at its darkest for you. I want you to know that we’re there for you.

24 July 2011

Office of the [Norwegian] Prime Minister


VOR Presents… Norwegian Shooter Awaits Court

The court hearings for Anders Breivik (pictured) will begin on 25 July, the suspect in the dual terrorist attacks in Oslo. Earlier, the authorities brought charges against Breivik under Article 147 of the Norwegian Penal Code, “On Terrorism, and Terrorist Activities”. He faces charges in connection with the massacre at the youth camp on Utøya Island and the bomb blast in central Oslo, and the authorities have closed his trial to the public.


The double attack in Norway occurred on Friday 22 July. First, there was an explosion at a government complex in central Oslo, near the Prime Minister’s Office. Soon after, a man in a police uniform opened fire in a Labour Party youth camp on Utøya Island near Oslo. According to the latest data, 97 died in these two incidents. Norwegian police arrested a suspect in the shooting on the island, 32-year-old ethnic Norwegians Anders Breivik, who has already confessed to both of the attacks, calling them “cruel, but necessary”.


On 25 July, Norway will host a nationwide minute of silence. Norwegians will stop what they’re doing, and keep silence for a moment in common to pay homage to the memory of the 97 people killed on Friday in the terrorist attacks.


A girl lays flowers at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks.


“Every single death is a tragedy. Together, they add up to a national tragedy”.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg


Meanwhile, Norwegian police continue to seek Breivik’s accomplices. Earlier, detectives arrested six suspects, but after the cops questioned them, they were released.


The search for those missing is continuing, but their number’s unknown.


Flowers placed in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack on Utøya Island.


25 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service


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