Shocked and dazed by a terrorist attack that rocked their city, the residents of St. Petersburg rallied to deal with the aftermath of the bombing, rushing to help those affected by the blast in St. Petersburg metro.
Ret. Lt. Col. Andrei Popov, former special forces operator and member of the Alpha anti-terrorist group veterans' association, noted that the city residents displayed a remarkable absence of panic and hysteria in the aftermath of the explosion.
"My attention was drawn to a woman wearing a torn undercoat which hinted at the fact that she also was in that carriage. She was visibly shaken, and yet there she was, helping other people to get out of the wrecked train carriage," Popov remarked.
And as the city subway system was temporarily shut down, local taxi company Taxovichkoff quickly stepped in to offer its services for free to the people who found themselves deprived of affordable means of transportation.
"In times like these the whole city and the nation must stand together and help those in need, including people who are unable to commute back home from work," a company representative said.