Me on today’s explosions in the Moscow Metro

We’re not terrorized.

No. Really. I’ll need a drink later tonight – I would have gone through Lubyanka this morning if I had woken up on time (I need a set of keys made – and due to the complicated lock construction, I would have had to travel north, and always take the Sokolnicheskaya line when I do that, because I love Sokolnicheskaya and I love Lubyanka). But I refuse to freak out. Freaking out is giving them exactly what they want.

Fuck you, bastards.

17 thoughts on “Me on today’s explosions in the Moscow Metro

  1. I get that you are worried about being at that metro station but this is narcissistic. And it makes you come off like a pro-Russia stooge. Really, you were so “close to tragedy” today. I don’t think so. It’s an old journalistic trick.

  2. Yeah, it’s pretty “stoogey” to suggest that people getting blown to bits on the Moscow metro is a tragedy. We have to have a nice round of whataboutery before we can admit that victims of terror on the territory of the Russian Federation are human beings too.

    And of course, it’s the height of narcissism to be upset when you realize that the line you were going to take this morning got bombed while you were still sleeping.

    In other words, you can go to hell.

  3. TabbyCat, pretty classy of you. I assume you have never been to Moscow. Pull up a map of the metro and look inside the circle. Going northeast in Moscow on the dark green line (Zamoskvoretskaya) people change stations at Teatralnaya, go on to Okhotny Ryad, and continue past Lubyanka on the red line (that would be Sokolnicheskaya which got bombed).

    I know where Nat was supposed to be headed off to this morning and am damn glad she stayed in bed, avoided rush hours and the bombs. If you had an ounce of understanding, or if you just had a brain, you would be too.

  4. I thought about you when I saw the news this morning, Ms. Antonova. I\’m glad that you are

    It amazes me that any sympathy or outrage on behalf of the Russians must immediately be placed \”in context.\” Have sympathy for the Russians, but goodness, don\’t overdo it – is what they seem to be saying. And make sure to sagely point to all of the things that they are doing wrong. It is subtle, and subtly inhuman.

  5. Meant to say that I\’m glad you are OK. Sorry that my comments are showing up weird (perhaps I shouldn\’t be browsing blogs at work, but I don\’t care right now).

  6. ‘Tabby Cat’ is right; the event itself is obviously tragic, but your coverage is definitely narcissistic: the junk that was on your Twitter before it happened, and then the amount of times you’ve said ‘it could’ve been me’ – it was (at least) thirty-eight other people, so there’s no need to metaphysically place yourself there too so you have a right to give more personal comment than anyone else,although I suppose I’m being over-critical as that is your, and all journalist’s, job. I repeat, the point I’m making is about your coverage, not the event.

  7. No wsb, I take it back. After speaking to a co-worker who was nearly caught up in the WTC on september 11, 2001, I realized that my comments here were knee-jerk and misplaced. The author had every right to be upset, especially as she is in the center and uses that line regularly. Hitting an alarm clock can mean the choice between life and death, but we don’t always want to think about it in those terms.

    I apologize, honestly. I’m a critic of this blog very often, but want to be fair.

  8. Oooh. Yeah. The “junk” on my Twitter. Because I’m not allowed to be frivolous in my spare time, of course. How dare I have a life, and write about it.

    Apology accepted, TC.

  9. Wsb, I call bullshit.

    How much personal English-language coverage have you read since this thing happened? This is not just a news story, it’s a story that will get coverage from different angles, and it’s an interesting angle for those who aren’t in Moscow but want to be able to relate.

    And what the hell. You do realize you’re talking about a personal Twitter feed here, correct?

  10. It is very natural to get those thoughts. I was on the tube one station away when London was bombed. Thinking how fed up I was witrh their bloody constant delays and all that jazz. but people did get killed. and of course, you think it could have been you. It is just the way we are.

    I just want to know why it is always women who target Moscow. what is it about Moscow and women terrorists? remember previous plots? Hmm….

  11. Glad to hear you are ok. I had a few acquaintances with close calls at Park Kultury. So tragic; but it seems the authorities were pretty efficient about dealing with the casualties. Even had the triains back up and running the same day. Anyway, I feel a bit silly telling anyone in Moscow “stay safe” even on a non-terror act day, but, well, stay safe.

  12. I do not understand why Natalia, as a person or a journalist, wouldn’t be allowed to feel shaken up for considering what a near miss it could have been. It is unnerving. It isn’t downplaying the suffering of others either. There but for the grace of god and all that. If fact, I think the reason why it’s of unerving is because you can imagine itso vividly becaue, well, it _could_ have been you, unless you’ve been very lucky about where you’ve been living.

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