Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in the Moscow metro that killed at least 39 people, according to a video posted on the unofficial Islamist rebel website on Wednesday.
This, contrary to statements issued by his organization's spokesman, who hours earlier denied any connection to the bombings.
Umarov, who styles himself as the "Emir of the Caucasus Emirate," said in the video that he had personally ordered the attacks. He said attacks on Russia would continue.
"As you all know on March 29 in Moscow, two special operations were carried out to destroy the infidels and to send a greeting to the FSB," Umarov was shown saying in the four-and-a-half minute long video on www.kavkazcenter.com.
One of the metro stations bombed was just meters away from the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the country's main domestic security service, which Umarov claims abused dead bodies.
He also stressed that the attacks were a response to the FSB's activity in the region, which according to him resulted in the death of "innocents who engaged in agriculture."
"Both of these operations were carried out on my command and will not be the last," Umarov was shown saying against a backdrop of what looked like a wood.
He added that the next retaliation action "will reach your streets and you will feel it in your lives and on your own skin."
Umarov spoke in heavily accented Russian and said that he was make the remarks on March 29.
Olga Gouresky contributed to this report