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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Muscovites Offer Their Sympathies

MTYavlinsky preparing to sign the British Embassy's condolences book Monday.
Dozens of officials, foreign diplomats and ordinary Muscovites waited in line on Monday at the British Embassy in Moscow to lay flowers and sign a book of condolences for the victims of last week's terrorist bombings in London.

Among those paying their respects were Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a representative of Patriarch Alexy II and Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky.

"This killing of innocent people has no political, moral or ideological justification whatsoever. This is not payback, it is absolute evil," said Yavlinsky, who brought a bouquet of roses to the embassy.

"The Russian people are in complete solidarity with the British people and extend their unwavering support. We commiserate with Britain, and this tragedy resonates all the more because terrorism is a global issue. Terrorist attacks are something the Russian people understand all too well."

Foreign diplomats turned out in force, with representatives of Argentina, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates and NATO all somberly condemning the attacks and offering messages of sympathy.

Moscow residents from all walks of life also felt moved to offer their condolences.

Igor Manevich, a World War II veteran and retired anesthesiologist, said he had come to leave a note. "This was a tragedy of enormous proportions, but I am convinced that good will triumph over evil."

"We all have something in common with those who perished in the terrorist attacks," said Moscow State University rector Viktor Sadovnitsy, who said he would also offer his condolences at Britain's University of Nottingham, where he was to visit later this week.

"The whole world suffers alongside Britain, but I just want offer my own bit of support to the British people," said Larissa Molotova-Koroleva, a translator and poet. "I have some very good friends there who fortunately are all safe and sound, but the whole thing is terrifying."

Embassy spokesman Alan Holmes said staff had not yet had a chance to read or count the messages, which came in all day Monday. The book of condolences would be sent to London on Tuesday, he said.