Incident Summary:

12/27/2017: An explosive device detonated at Perekryostok supermarket in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At least 18 people were injured in the blast. Dmitry Lukyanenko claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack due to a "hatred towards the organizers and followers of the psychological training sessions." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the veracity of the claim could not be verified.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Perekryostok
Specific Description Supermarket
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
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device containing the equivalent of 200 grams of TNT and hidden inside a locker was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Lukyanenko stated that he wanted to draw attention to his mistreatment by the organizers of "psychological training sessions" that he had attended. Additionally, Lukyanenko had been monitored previously for mental health issues. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"St Petersburg man charged over bombing," BBC, January 2, 2018.
"BBC Online: St Petersburg Supermarket Blast Injures at Least 10 Shoppers," BBC Online, December 27, 2017.
"update St. Petersburg Supermarket Bombing Suspect Charged With Terrorism," Radio Free Europe, December 31, 2017.