22 July 2013

Ukrainian 25-year-old postgraduate student charged with terror attacks in England


West Midlands Police, investigating the murder of Birmingham pensioner, Mohammed Saleem, and recent explosions near to mosques in the Black Country, issued a statement saying that a 25-year-old Ukrainian man “has this evening (July 22) been charged with the terrorist-related murder of Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem”. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow. In an earlier statement, the West Midlands Police said that the second Ukrainian, who had been arrested a few days ago, “was last night released from police custody without charge. He is now assisting investigating officers as a witness”.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian's name is Pavlo Lapshyn (or Pavel Lapshin in Russian), he is coming from Dnipropetrovsk, an important industrial centre in Ukraine and a home-town of now-imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Lapshyn is a Russian-speaking postgraduate student at the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine. In England, he was doing practical training at the Birmingham-based Delcam company.
Pavel Lapshyn (in the middle)

My colleague Pavel Klymenko and I discovered Lapshyn’s account at one of the social networking web-sites, revealing his vehemently racist beliefs and right-wing terrorist obsessions.

On the 21st of June, when attempts were made to bomb mosques in Walsall, Lapshyn posted a picture and a music track praising Timothy McVeigh, a deceased American terrorist who was responsible for “the Oklahoma City bombing” that killed 168 people.

A picture of Timothy McVeigh from Lapshyn's web-site
On his web-site, he also posted a link to the Russian translation of Hunter, a book written, under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald, by American neo-Nazi William Luther Pierce, the founder of the US-based National Alliance. The audio-book of William Piece, The Turner Diaries, which is believed to have inspired Timothy McVeigh, is featured in Lapshyn’s collection of audio files. The cover of The Turner Diaries is also his profile picture. One of his posts gave an account of the National Socialist Underground, a German neo-Nazi terrorist group, the only surviving member of which, Beate Zschäpe, now stands trial in Munich.

His “groups of interest” include the Russian communities “The Slavic Revival” and “The Hammer of National Socialism”.

In June this year, Lapshyn also posted a poem by Nikola Korolyov, the founder of the Russian neo-Nazi “SPAS” organisation. Korolyov is now jailed for life in Russia for right-wing terrorist attacks and murders. Another post in June featured a picture of an electric detonator element. Both these posts, however, were later deleted. Last time Lapshyn visited his web-site was on the 18th of July, the day he was arrested. Perhaps, he deleted those two posts then.

If Lapshyn is indeed the culprit (the investigation is still going on), one of the most important questions is whether he had any intentions to commit the terrorist attacks in England before he went to the country for the training course at Delcam. I would suggest that he did not. He might have been extremely radicalised (and his extremism resulted in the murder of Mohammed Saleem), but the impetus to bomb mosques was most likely been given by the Woolwich terror attack and the subsequent wave of anti-Muslim attacks.

A more detailed analysis requires more information which is currently scarce.

Updates:

11 comments:

  1. So is this Putin/KGB 'inspired' like Boston?

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    1. Sounds like a conspiracy theory, doesn't it?

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  2. Plausible, and in my opinion, likely. Who gained from Boston? Who would gain from similar mayhem in the UK?

    A Chechen 'terrorist' bombs the USA, Putin/Russia's life long enemy? My enemies enemy is my friend, no? The inspiration for the bombers was a short lived, relatively unknown 'terrorist', who subsequently got 'killed' by Russian forces in an amazingly slick operation. The trail goes cold... Should also be noted Putin's offer of help with the investigation two days before any connection to Chechnya was established. Why?

    So now a right wing Ukrainian has been attempting to cause mayhem in the UK by targeting the Muslim population. Peculiar behaviour, even for a right wing fanatic, to travel to a country that has little to do with his politics and carry out his actions there, instead of where it would have meaning - presumably back in the Ukraine.

    Who gains? Who has opportunity? Who has the ability? Putin/KGB.

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    1. Nobody gains from any terrorist attack except for the terrorists.

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    2. How did the Chechen 'terrorists' gain from the Boston bombs? How does a Ukraine 'terrorist' gain from murder and bombs in the UK?

      The Boston bombs will allow Putin to come down harder on internal insurgencies without interference from the west. Also it legitimises all his past policies in Chechnya. It allows him more scope when dealing with security issues at next years winter Olympics.

      Plus stirring up internal problems in USA/UK is always a gain for Putin. It's a win win for him.

      Your statement 'only terrorists gain' is wrong regardless. History is littered with states aiding and abbeting terrorist actions in other states in a covert fashion.

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    3. I'm no fan of Putin but saying that he is behind everything is a downright conspiracy theory. Lapshyn was also driven by conspiracy theories, originating from the US.

      Again, only the terrorists gain from terror, because they manage to get their message heard.

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    4. OK, I'll leave it there. I just don't understand your logic.

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  3. Да уж. Зачем искать причинно-следственные связи в мозгу идиотов? Если он убил бедного старика за месяц до так называемого вульвичского инцидента, то дополнительные мотивы для подрыва мечетей ему были без надобности. Обычное постсоветское нацистское отребье, которое, несмотря на блистательное студенческое прошлое и аспирантское настоящее совершенно не знает о роли отведенной славянам их предтечей НСДАП и лично их кумиром товарищем г.
    Именно от таких дегенератов я и уехал из России, и до последнего был уверен, что старика убили в результате ограбления. А-нет, совковое быдло просачивается и на остров, и гадит, и гадит...

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  4. Im very interested what happened with that blackman http://thenationonlineng.net/new/british-nigerians-killed-soldier-in-london/ ? what punishment was incurred by him?

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    2. If you were very interested, you could google it.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23099824

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