On October 29, 2023, an antisemitic mob stormed Uytash Airport near Makhachkala, Dagestan in Russia.

PolitNavigator claims (in Russian):

Fugitive extremist and former State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev has already openly admitted that he coordinated the Jewish pogrom at Makhachkala airport through his controlled telegram channels.

Russian writer and journalist, Dmitry Bykov makes similar claims in this (Russian) interview.

I was unable to find the mentioned confession online.

Did Ilya Ponomarev confess or hint he could be behind this?

Even more sources accuse him (Ksenia Sobchak, sources associated with Navalny) of being the culprit but this is outside of the scope of this question.

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Yes and no.

Earlier this year, he took credit for arranging protests through the channel.

He again bragged about operating the channel in August.

Immediately following the anti-Semitic protests, however, he changed his tone and claimed he had had no contact with the channel for a year.

It's technically incorrect that he took credit for the anti-Semitic mobbing. However, his involvement is easily inferred from his earlier statements.

  • Left out of this answer is whether the channel instigated the mobbing. FWTW, Putin claimed more broadly it was Western intelligence agencies that were behind. bbc.com/news/world-67267339 Oct 31, 2023 at 12:40
  • As for one of your Tweet links (1st) claiming "Ukrainian weapons and Western weapons supplied to Ukraine ending up in Hamas"... Hrmm... If the tweed had more than 68 views as it has presently, I'd probably ask a Q based on that here. Oct 31, 2023 at 12:59
  • @Fizz I do think the greater context you're asking about is relevant here. I don't have an answer, but those interested in this Q may be interested to explore. fediverse.giorgiocomai.eu/notice/AbJU0OydboupRdvq8u
    – Avery
    Oct 31, 2023 at 16:25
  • @Fizz the statement about Ukraine is the author's opinion(basically, since Ponomarev is in Ukraine, he must be coordinating with Ukranian intelligence + HAMAS posted videos with American antitank missiles, they came from Ukraine via the black market. The later is debatable, since those were also supplied to Anti-Assad fighters in Syria, but there have been western reports of weapons being sold from Ukraine, especially in the chaos of the early days, when they were handed out to local militias), but the subtitles are accurate, he does take credit for protests organized on that channel.
    – Eugene
    Oct 31, 2023 at 18:16
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    @Fizz the channel 100% instigated the mob, what Putin is claiming is that Western intelligence agencies gave the channel admins their marching orders.
    – Eugene
    Oct 31, 2023 at 18:17

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