The Russian apartment bombings were a series of explosions that hit four apartment blocks in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk between 4 and 16 September 1999, killing 293 people and injuring more than 1,000, spreading a wave of fear across the country. On 22 September, an explosive device similar to those used in the bombings was found and defused in an apartment block in the Russian city of Ryazan.
Parliament member Yuri Shchekochikhin filed two motions for a parliamentary investigation, but the motions were rejected by the Russian Duma in March 2000. Five apartment bombings took place and at least three attempted bombings were prevented. All bombings had the same “signature”, judging from the nature and the volume of the destruction.
In each case the explosive RDX was used, and the timers were set to go off at night and inflict the maximum number of civilian casualties. Okhotny Ryad” shopping centre on Manezhnaya Square, Moscow. One person was killed and 40 others injured. Buynaksk in Dagestan, near the border of Chechnya. The building was housing Russian border guard soldiers and their families.