Media Report: Explosion at Polling Station in Russia

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.15 - 2024 12:58 PM CET

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Reports of an explosion at a polling station in Russia.

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The channel Nexta released two videos purportedly showing an explosion that occurred at a polling station in Belgorod, Russia.

Ukrainian and Russian media have published footage depicting the moment of an explosion at a Russian polling station, specifically in Belgorod. The exact timing of the explosion remains unclear.

Nexta posted two videos on Telegram. In one, a person is seen recording the surroundings with a phone when suddenly a massive explosion is heard. In the second video, a person sitting at the election commission is also caught in the moment of a powerful explosion.

People inside the premises begin to flee. The Russian authorities have not issued any statements regarding the incident.

The explosion coincided with a missile attack on Belgorod. It's speculated that the sound captured in the video could be of a missile exploding nearby.

According to the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, the attack, which occurred before noon, resulted in one fatality and three injuries.

Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsaplienko claims that the so-called Navalny combat units have taken responsibility for the alleged attack.

Two days before the elections in Russia began, the channel Supernova+ published a video of a group of masked men claiming to be the "Navalny combat unit".

The men threatened to carry out bomb attacks on polling stations in Russia.

One Ukrainian analyst, using the pseudonym "Radnyk" on Telegram, pointed out that it's uncertain whether the alleged attacks, planned during the elections, might actually be orchestrated by the Russian Federal Security Service.

"The blame for terrorist attacks could be placed on Ukraine, thereby 'legitimizing' Russia's future actions, including massive shelling, if it comes to that," the analysis suggests.