Moscow, April 3, Interfax - Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has extended his condolences to St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko about the explosion in the city metro, which caused human casualties.
"Accept feelings of the most sincere condolences from me and our entire community, and let God give the people of St. Petersburg the strength and bravery on this difficult day," Lazar's press service said, citing the text, on Monday.
The purpose of the explosions was "to cause fear in society, to undermine stability, to cause a lack of faith in the capability of the state to ensure people's safety," he said.
"But terrorists will never achieve their criminal goals. I am confident that not only residents of the 'northern capital,' but also the entire Russia, all its peoples and traditional religions are spiritually with those who are fighting for life in hospitals, who are concerned about their hurt relatives and friends. Today we are even more united than before," the rabbi said.