Today, the whole country mourns the victims of the terrible terakt* in St. Petersburg. Our loss is irreparable, it is a monstrous crime… it’s a wakeup call to all the citizens of Russia. Sympathy and support are coming from all over the world in these days of mourning. We’re doing everything possible so that this inhuman crime doesn’t go unpunished. We’ve sent a group of experienced investigators and forensic experts from the central office of the SK RF to St Petersburg. The joint efforts of our law enforcement bodies will enable us to carry out the necessary measures to establish those involved in the crime. The investigation is under my personal control. We express our deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. We wish a speedy recovery to the wounded… the doctors are still fighting for their lives as we speak. Today, we need to unite in the fight against the greatest threat of our time… terrorism!
- Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”
Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SK RF)
4 April 2017
Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastyrkin