Russian President Vladimir Putin: Terror Attack Near Moscow Carried Out by ‘Radical Islamists’ Amid Ongoing Ukraine Conflict; Allegations of Torture and Human Rights Violations as Russian Judiciary Detains More Suspects

Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

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

Several days after the terrorist attack, 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.

On Monday, it was announced that an additional four suspects would be held in custody as well. Out of the eleven suspects arrested after the attack, four main perpetrators appeared before a judge on Sunday evening. Despite 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 such actions could lead investigations in

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