Vladimir Putin has paid tribute to victims of the Volgograd bombings and vowed to ‘annihilate’ terrorism in Russia.
He made the comments in his new year address after visting people injured in the suicide blasts.
The bombings, which happened in a railway station and trolleybus, killed 34 people. No-one has claimed responsibility for the blasts. But they have raised fears of attacks by Islamist insurgents on next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Putin, who also met anti-terrorism officials, said: “The meanness of the crimes committed here in Volgograd needs no additional comments. Whatever the motives of the criminals, there is no excuse for crimes against civilians, especially women and children.”
Less than 24 hours separated Monday’s attack on a trolleybus and Sunday’s explosion at a railway station.
Insurgent leader Doku Umarov has urged militants to use “maximum force” to prevent the Games from going ahead.