Incident Summary:

12/30/2010: On Thursday night at 0400, in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, two unidentified men pried open the steel shutters of the Narodnaya Gazeta. Once the individuals had the shutters open, witnesses stated that the individuals threw an unknown explosive device inside, possibly a Molotov cocktail, which resulted in a loud explosion and a fire. The two men then fled the scene to an unknown location. The fire destroyed most of the furniture and equipment in the press office but caused no casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Krasnodar Krai


Location Details:
The attack took place at a newspaper office in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity
Specific Description A newspaper office
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Blast Rocks Russian Newspaper Office," (December 31, 2010).
Agence France Presse, "Blast Wrecks Newspaper Offices in Russia's Sochi: Founder," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, December 31, 2010.
Patrick Kidd, "Blast Hits Newspaper in Winter Games City; the Road to 2010," LexisNexis Academic, Times, January 1, 2011,