My thoughts today are with the victims of what appears to be another terror attack, this time in St. Petersburg. I spent the summer of 1984 in what was then known as Leningrad, studying as part of my degree, and have returned on a number of occasions to what is a truly beautiful city, steeped in history and culture. The metro is one of the deepest in the world, as the city was built on a swamp, and some of the stations are, as in Moscow, works of art in themselves. Coming so soon after the attack on our own Parliament, I can imagine the terror that must have been felt by people caught up in the chaos, who had simply been going about their normal business moments before.
Of course we have our criticisms of Putin and the current Russian regime, and I have spoken out against human rights abuses (the jailing of Pussy Riot, LGBT discrimination), the annexation of Crimea, and most recently, reports of Russian money laundering through British banks, but when innocent citizens come under attack from terrorists mounting totally indiscriminate attacks, we must stand together.