State sponsored terrorism?
People in some of these former USSR states are really quite spooked by stuff like that. The boogey man exists, can come and get you and nobody is going to help you.
How safe are you now?
Then add in some percentage of the population that are non-local (usually 2nd or 3rd generation ex-USSR emigre?) and they are likely to perceive it as help. Where once they were the elite uberlording on the locals now...
It's all a bit too spooky and far worse than an Ian Fleming novel?