- On Monday, a blast ripped through a St. Petersburg metro car, killing 14 and injuring dozens
- Alec Luhn: Russia, which enjoyed a brief respite from terror, is learning a cruel new reality about the forces trying to undermine it
Alec Luhn is a journalist based in Moscow who has written for the Guardian, The New York Times, Politico, TIME, Slate and others. The views expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Almost as soon as a blast ripped through a subway car in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon, painful photographs and video began trickling out on social media: Smoke pouring through the subway, bodies lying on the platform, bloodied people crawling away from the mangled subway car, tearful women trying to reach relatives by telephone.