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Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

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Mar 25, 2024

The Russian President Wladimir Putin has attributed the attack in a concert hall near Moscow to “radical Islamists.” During a televised meeting on Monday, Putin stated that the crime was committed by radical Islamists. However, he also mentioned that the shooting could be part of a broader intimidation campaign in Ukraine. Putin asserted that this act of terror may be one of many attempts by individuals who have been at odds with Russia due to the conflict with Ukraine since 2014.

Several days after the terrorist attack near Moscow, which resulted in at least 137 casualties, the focus shifted to four suspects who are now in custody. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov initially avoided commenting on the serious injuries sustained by the men, which appeared to be a result of torture by Russian security forces. The Russian judiciary ordered pre-trial detention for three more individuals involved in the attack, bringing the total number of terror suspects in custody to seven.

The Basmanny District Court of Moscow made the decision to detain the additional suspects on Monday. Out of the eleven suspects arrested after the attack, four main perpetrators appeared before a judge on Sunday evening. Despite the Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack multiple times, Putin and other Russian officials have accused Ukraine of involvement without presenting evidence. The White House dismissed these claims as Kremlin propaganda, emphasizing that the attack was carried out by fighters from the Islamic State terrorist militia.

The alleged torture of the suspects by Russian security forces drew condemnation from human rights activists. Russia’s human rights association, “Komanda protiw pytok” (Team Against Torture), criticized the use of violence and harassment, stating that torture could lead investigations in the wrong direction. They also noted that such actions increase societal willingness to use violence. The public display of cruelty by the power apparatus following the attack was seen as an attempt to divert attention from the failure of Russian secret services prior to the incident. With 97 injured individuals still receiving treatment in hospitals, the aftermath of the attack continues to unfold in the Moscow region. Flowers were laid by grieving individuals at an improvised memorial site in remembrance of the victims.

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