Bomb Blast Near 'Digger'
Published: February 3, 2004 (Issue # 940)
MOSCOW - Yelena Tregubova, a newspaper reporter who recently published a tell-all book about her days covering the Kremlin, was about to step outside of her apartment on Monday when a small bomb exploded in the corridor. No one was hurt.
The explosive device was strung onto the door handle of the apartment opposite hers on the second floor of 10 Bolshoi Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok off Pushkin Square, Tregubova said.
"Everything shook like in an earthquake," she said when reached by telephone.
The blast dented the steel door of the opposite apartment, which is vacant, and smashed several lampshades and a windowpane in the corridor, police said.
A police officer on the scene said they were investigating it as hooliganism. A police spokesman told NTV television that the explosive device, which contained about 50 grams of TNT, was too small to have been an attempt on Tregubova.
Tregubova, however, said she believed she was the target.
Tregubova's book, "Tales of a Kremlin Digger," which came out late last year, describes her behind-the-scene experience of covering the Kremlin for several Russian newspapers from 1997 to 2001.