In Moscow a heightened security presence is aiming to help find some of the answers as to who was behind the attacks. Officials still believe the terrorists came from within Russia though at this stage have not ruled out the possibilty the bombings were the work of a group from outside the country.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in Canada for the G8 summit said Monday’s tragedy emphasises the need for international cooperation.
“All this re-reinforces the necessity of even stronger coordination for our international efforts so terrorists – those who organise, plan, pay for terrorist acts – cannot feel safe anywhere,” he said.
At a vigil for the victims outside the entrance to Lubyanka station, where the first bomb exploded, Boris Nemtsov the opposition leader of the ‘Solidarity’ movement blamed the failure of political policies in Chechnya for the attacks.
“Unfortunately we have to conclude this regime’s policy in the Caucasus has failed. While they don’t change direction they don’t have a chance in beating terrorism. And what’s more, the security services fight the opposition and people’s protests more than they fight terrorists,” he said.
Many from Moscow were marking the official day of mourning with flowers. Along with grief there are feelings of fear with the realisation of how vulnerable their city is to such attacks.