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Factbox: Incidents involving Russian diplomatic missions since 2000

November 29, 2013, 15:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A timeline of incidents involving Russian diplomatic missions worldwide

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MOSCOW, November 29. /ITAR-TASS/. On November 28, 2013 anti-government militants shelled the area Syria’s capital Damascus where the Russian embassy is located. One mortar shell exploded on the embassy’s premises and another, near the building. One Syrian was killed and nine others, including the embassy’s security guards, were injured. No Russians were hurt. The building was damaged. The UN Security Council has condemned the shelling of the Russian Embassy in Damascus as a terror attack.

A timeline of incidents involving Russian diplomatic missions worldwide since 2000 follows.

On January 3, 2000, the Russian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was attacked with a grenade launcher. The fire exchange between the terrorists and the security guards that followed killed two and injured two others. One of the attackers was detained. None of the Russian personnel was injured.

On January 31, 2000, an unidentified person hurled a Molotov cocktail into a window of the Russian embassy’s consular division in Denmark. The ensuing fire injured one diplomat and the building was seriously damaged. The arsonist was detained.

On February 23, 2000, an attack was launched at the Russian general consulate in Poznan, Poland. A group of protesters against Russia’s policy in Chechnya broke into the consulate, tore down the Russian flag and hoisted Chechnya’s flag instead. Protests organized by Chechnya’s emissaries and members of a number of Polish anti-Russian organizations also took place in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw and consulates in Krakуw and Gda·sk. They were timed for the 56th anniversary of Chechen people’s deportation.

On June 3, 2006, a car of the Russian embassy carrying five was blocked and attacked by militants in Mansour district not far from the Russian embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. The embassy’s security guard Vitaly Titov was killed. Four other Russians - third secretary Fyodor Zaitsev and the embassy’s employees Rinat Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseev were taken to an unknown destination. On June 19, 2006 the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group affiliated with Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the abduction. On June 26, 2006 the four Russian diplomats were announced dead.

February 5, 2012 saw an unsanctioned anti-Russian demonstration near the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya. It was in protest against Russia’s stance on the Libyan issue in the UN Security Council. Some of the several thousand protesters climbed to the embassy’s roof, broke CCTV cameras and hauled down the Russian flag.

On February 21, 2013, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb near the headquarters of the ruling Ba’ath party in As-Saura street in Damascus, Syria, killing 53 and injuring over 230. The blast damaged the Russian embassy but none of its staff was injured.

On September 22, 2013, militants shelled the Mezzeh neighborhood in Damascus, Syria. One mine exploded in the territory of the Russian embassy. Three employees were injured without threat to life.

On October 2, 2013, an armed assault was launched against the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The embassy’s own security guards and a pro-government paramilitary group forced the assaulters out of the embassy’s territory. None of the diplomats or local guards was injured; the building was damaged, the Russian flag was torn down. The attack had been provoked by a Russian woman, who had killed a Libyan officer. The Libyan side said it was unable to provide security and safety of the Russian embassy then. On October 3, all fifty-two employees were evacuated to Tunisia, and then to Moscow.

On November 11, 2013, participants in the nationalist Independence March in Warsaw, Poland, threw flares, bottles and smoke-puff charges at the Russian embassy. The embassy’s normal operation was disrupted for several hours. The embassy’s entry gate, three cars, and a phone set were damaged and the security guard’s booth burned down. The adjacent building of the Russian trade mission and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture were also damaged.

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