(From The Guardian)
Byline: IAN TRAYNOR IN MOSCOW
Vladimir Putin's war on Chechnya started with bombs in Moscow. More than three years on, it has come full circle with the bold and brazen hostage crisis in the heart of Russia, 20 minutes from the Kremlin.
When a brace of bombs demolished blocks of flats and left 200 dead in Moscow in September 1999, the mystery men who run Russia used the atrocities to launch the career of a political virgin.
The 1999 bombings were blamed on Chechen terrorists, though no claim of responsibility was made and the truth has never been established.
A few weeks after the bombings, Mr Putin, just …