RUSSIAN dissidents have claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a Russian preacher and warned of more to come.
An underground anti-establishment group known as the National Republican Army (NRA) is believed to be behind the attack on pro-Kremlin blogger Vladlen Tatarsky.
In a statement posted on the Russian social media app Telegram, the group claimed to have organized and carried out the bombing, which exploded at a cafe in central St. Petersburg.
They also praised the alleged killer, 26-year-old Daria Trepova, who they called a “hero” for her role in the fight to topple Putin and urged others to follow her “example”.
Tatarsky, the sculptor, was holding a media event for 100 people on Sunday when a woman, believed to be Trepova, handed him his gold TNT-filled figurine.
Shocking footage captures the very moment Putin’s ally is nearing his end when a hidden bomb explodes, killing him instantly and injuring 30 others.
The female suspect, Trepova, was quickly captured and later filmed being aggressively interrogated by Russians on Monday after making a strange alleged confession chained to a radiator.
He was paraded to court on Tuesday after being charged with terrorism. If found guilty, the 26-year-old may face up to 20 years in prison.
However, the NRA has now reportedly announced its involvement in the “dissolution of Vladen Tatarsky.”
The shadowy group is considered to be one of the most brutal trying to take down the mad Vlad, but also the most mysterious.
Their manifesto is to destroy the tyrant and free Russia from his hand. It contains the final line. “We will remove Putin and destroy him on our side.”
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the group has gained notoriety for serious arson and sabotage missions it has led against the Russian military from its homeland.
The NRA has previously claimed to be behind the brutal killing of Darya Dugin, the daughter of Russian journalist and Putin “spiritual mastermind” Alexander Dugin, in August last year.
It is said in their allegedly new statement. “We, the St. Petersburg Column of the National Republican Army, announce.
“We organized and carried out an action on April 2, 2023 against a group of Z-activists and personally known warmonger and war propagandist, war criminal Maxim Fomin, known as Vladlen Tatarsky.”
The group insists it received no outside foreign aid and acted “autonomously,” contradicting shaky claims by Russian media that Ukraine was responsible for the bombing.
Ilya Ponomarev, a spokesman for the group and prominent Russian exiles, also confirmed the NRA’s claims that they organized the operation.
“Party members resist the current political system of Russia and want it to be abolished,” he told Express.
“They cannot join military operations, but they maintain a front inside Russia.”
Ponomariov claims that the party members wanted to make the Kremlin elites who support Putin understand that they are “no longer safe”.
“The audience is the elites. “Be careful, you are no longer safe, Putin is not able to protect you, we are everywhere,” he says.
The alleged statement continues. “This action was carried out in a club owned by one of the most famous Russian gangsters and criminals, Yevgeny Prigozhin. As a result of the action, the club will stop its work. We are satisfied with it.
“The operation we carried out was not directed against the civilian population, and all the victims are active supporters of the war, justifying the war crimes of the Putin regime in Ukraine.
The statement further described Trepova as “a well-known figure of the left and feminist movement” and a “hero”.
“At a time when many ‘dissidents’ were posting on Facebook and shining flashlights, he fought, went to demonstrations and risked his freedom by participating in all the opposition movements that now reject him.
The Russian party group calls on human rights organizations to help the suspect, whom they consider a “hostage of the system”.
“We call on the people of Russia to follow our example and show all kinds of resistance to the criminal Russian regime until its complete destruction.
“Criminals will not feel safe on Russian soil.”
“Russia will be free” is signed in the statement.
For now, Trepova will remain in Russian custody until June 2, while the trial continues.
The Investigative Committee of Russia announced that it accused Trepova of committing “a terrorist attack by an organized group that caused intentional death.”
Prosecutors alleged that he acted on the instructions of people working on behalf of Ukraine.
Trepova’s husband said he believed she was framed and did not know the statue contained explosives.
It is claimed that Putin personally ordered Tatarsky’s assassination and will use it to crush his rivals.
The General SVR Telegram channel, which claims to be informed by a Kremlin insider, claims that the Russian dictator is “pleased” with the assassination of Tatarsky, and the successful strike will presumably be used to trigger a new wave of attacks on his opponents.