President of Russia Vladimir Putin approved bombing of passenger plane Metrojet Flight 9268  by his secret services over Sinai in order to gain political advantage in the Middle East – claims former FSB officer Boris Karpichkov. Russian intelligence officer, who lives in undisclosed location in Britain under changed identity explained that he received this information from a general lieutenant in Kremlin’s military intelligence GRU.

Kremlin intended to get “at least silent approval of international community” for his massive military operations aimed to save Moscow’s ally and friend Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The other goal was to boost demand for Russian weapons in the Middle East.

This motive and details of the operation, that took place over Sinai on October 31, 2015, were outlined in a memorandum compiled by the former FSB officer: ‘In order to accomplish all these aims and to get Western consent to fighting Islamic State (which was, essentially, official support for keeping the Assad regime in power), the Kremlin desperately needed the kind of justification which would generate worldwide attention and full international sympathy and approval for military action.’

According to GRU plan, approved by Kremlin as former FSB officer said, an agent posing as veteran of war in Eastern Ukraine was sent to Sharm el-Sheikh. In the Egyptian holiday resort he romanced a young Russian woman. He asked her to pass a gift to his parents in Sankt-Petersburg. He escorted her through the airport security.

The wrapped package contained a piece of a tube, which is primed to explode by an electrolyte ‘bath’ slowly corroding a metallic wire, which detonates the bomb once it is broken. It was filled with cyclonite, an enormously powerful substitute for TNT. The gift was a device known as EHV-7 used by special forces.

A Russian woman placed a gift under her or her neighbour’s seat in the rear of the plane.

As investigation has proven the passengers sitting at the rear were injured by shrapnel and their body was in ninety percent burned by the explosives.

The allegations reminiscence terrorist attacks on the blocs of apartments in Buynaks, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999 that, according to another former FSB officer Alexander Litivinenko murdered in London by radioactive Polonium 210, was operation of Russian secret services approved by then candidate for presidency of Russia Vladimir Putin. Within 24 hours of a series of explosions ripping through the apartment blocks, killing 307 civilians, including women and children, and injuring more than 1,700 more, Putin had blamed Islamic fighters in Chechnya — and launched a devastating air assault on the region.

Although British newspaper, which revealed this information provided by Maj. Karpichkov tried to distance itself from its source emphasising his alleged conflict with FSB but one needs to remember that former Russian intelligence officer is respected source. Maj. Boris Karpichkov who started his service as KGB operative in Latvia in early 1970s is a high value defector from Russian secret services, who provided Western intelligence organisations extremely important information on the Kremlin’s decision makers including Vladimir Putin himself. Maj. Karpichkov lives in a secret location under changed name and protection in Britain.