Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

Terror Near Moscow: Russian President Attributes Attack to Radical Islamists; Controversial Detention and Torture Allegations Amid Human Rights Criticism

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attributed the attack at 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.

Following 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.

On Monday, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow made the decision to detain additional suspects, bringing the total number of arrested suspects after the attack to eleven. 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 suspects by Russian security forces drew condemnation from human rights activists. Russia’s human rights association “Komanda protiw pytok” (Team Against Torture) criticized their use of violence and harassment, stating that such actions could lead investigations in wrong directions and increase societal willingness to use violence. The public display of cruelty following


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