Spokesman for the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia Alexander Zdanovich has called the latest utterances by Boris Berezovsky (a Russian oligarch who is now being sought by law-enforcement bodies) "complete nonsense". Berezovsky accused the Russian secret services of having organised the explosions of houses in Moscow in 1999. Zdanovich assessed this statement by Berezovsky as "a well-planned action aimed at pressurizing the president and the secret services of Russia". But this action failed because not a single fact proving validity of Berezovsky's utterances exists. Commenting on Berezovsky's proposal to meet in court, Zdanovich noted that the businessman himself avoids appearing in court on the territory of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Security Service of Russia will not be at law with him abroad.
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February