BEFORE THE ATTACK.
June 2011. Akbardzhon Dzhalilov moves from Kyrgyzstan to St. Petersburg. Gets a job at his father’s car workshop.
November 2015. He makes a trip to Istanbul. According to the FSB, that’s where he gets in contact with ISIS operatives.
December 17th, 2016. Deported from Turkey for violating the stay limits. According to FSB, he had spent all this time in ISIS training camps based in Syria.
March 2017. Dzhalilov receives one thousand dollars from orchestrators of the attack – to purchase bomb components. At the same time he involved Makhamed Ermaton – who brought 5 more people into the operation.
20-21 March 2017. Dzhalilov receives another transaction of 64 thousand rubles – needed to buy components for two more bombs.
April 1st 2017. Terrorists signal their readiness to commit the terrorist attack – to their coordinators in Syria. And they receive a go-ahead to set off bombs on St. Petersburg’s subway.
THE DAY OF THE ATTACK. April 3rd 2017.
13.00 – Dzhalilov observes security personnel on the subway. Gets through with a back-pack and a bag – which held the explosive devices.
14.00 – spotted by cameras at the crossing to “Ploschad Alexandra Nevskogo-2” station. Carrying only the back-pack. No bag.
14.01 – a witness takes a picture of the bag at “Ploschad Vosstaniya” station
14.21 – the surveillance center gets a message about a stray bag at “Ploschad Vosstaniya”
14.28 – the “Ploschad Vosstaniya” and “Mayakovskaya” stations were closed.
14:33 – explosion rocks a train between “Sennaya Ploschad” and “Technologicheskiy Institut” stations.
AFTER THE ATTACK.
April 5th. Eight suspected accomplices of the terrorists were arrested in St. Petersburg. Dzhalilov’s apartment is searched – with bomb components discovered.
April 6th. Terrorist accomplices detained in Moscow.
According to the conviction documents, the attack was planned by Kyrgyzstan citizen Sirodzhin Mukhtarov and Uzbekistan citizen Bobirzhon Makhbubov. They belonged to a terrorist group which operated in Syria. The main idea behind the attack, according to the investigation materials – “to demonstrate the vulnerability of Russian citizens on their soil and urge the Russian authorities to switch their attention from foreign policy to security issues at home”.
Dzhalilov died on the spot. His accomplices are in court. The main masterminds of the attack – Mukhtarov and Makhbubov – are placed on international wanted list.