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After the bloody assault on a live performance corridor, Russian investigators shortly introduced 4 suspects. They have to take a seat in glass cages with badly broken faces.

The 4 suspected perpetrators of the latest terrorist assault close to Moscow had been introduced earlier than the choose with extreme facial accidents. The defendants had been dropped at the Basmanny Court within the Russian capital on Sunday by masked safety forces and positioned in glass cages with clearly seen bruises, swelling, abrasions and lacerations. One of them was apparently unable to stroll and was strapped right into a hospital chair together with his eyes closed. Another had an unprofessional-looking bandage on his proper ear.

Before the courtroom listening to, video footage was circulated on-line displaying that the arrested males had been tortured and certainly one of them even had his ear reduce off. It was not initially attainable to independently confirm whether or not the recordings had been genuine.

The precise listening to passed off behind closed doorways, because the Russian state company Tass reported. The terror suspect within the hospital chair who is claimed to have filmed the assault had “difficulty speaking”. The investigative committee accuses him and his three alleged accomplices of finishing up a lethal terrorist assault collectively.

Arrest warrants issued towards suspected terrorists

A complete of 11 arrests had been made after the assault in an occasion middle close to Moscow on Friday, wherein 137 folks had been killed and, in response to new data from the well being authorities, 182 others had been injured. Four of the suspects are thought of to be the precise shooters – they’re those who’ve now been introduced earlier than the choose. According to Tass, the arrest warrants had been issued on Sunday night. The 4 males had been arrested on the weekend within the Russian border area of Bryansk and brought to Moscow.

Human rights activists repeatedly report humiliation, mistreatment and brutal torture strategies within the Russian penal system. Publicly staged present trials subsequently function an indication of state energy and deterrence.

The terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has publicly claimed duty for the assault. Nevertheless, Russia's management needs to see Ukraine turn into concerned, towards which Russia has been waging a battle of aggression for greater than two years. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the perpetrators wished to flee to Ukraine, however he didn’t present any proof of this. Kiev denies any involvement within the crime.

Band Piknik remembers the victims of the terrorist assault

Meanwhile, Russia marked a nationwide day of mourning on Sunday. Members of the favored rock band Piknik, which was scheduled to carry out at Crocus City Hall on Friday, laid flowers for the victims in entrance of the live performance corridor that night. After a minute's silence, they expressed their condolences to the bereaved households. “This atrocity is a senseless, unimaginable cruelty,” bandleader Edmund Schkljarski was quoted as saying by Tass. According to the band, certainly one of their assistants is amongst those that died.

Visibly shaken residents of the capital area continued to flock to Crocus City Hall on Sunday. They positioned flowers and toys on the fence in entrance of the destroyed constructing in reminiscence of the victims – the realm resembled a sea of ​​flowers. Instead of promoting, illuminated boards within the Russian capital flickered with a photograph of a candle and beneath it the inscription: “We mourn. March 22, 2024.” The flag flew at half-mast over the Kremlin.

Putin speaks of a path to Ukraine

In a speech broadcast on state tv on Saturday afternoon, President Putin spoke of an alleged result in Ukraine. Referring to the arrested suspects, he mentioned: “They tried to hide and moved towards Ukraine, where a window had been prepared for them to cross the border.” Ukrainian navy intelligence countered this by mentioning that the border had lengthy been mined. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected any involvement of his nation within the assault.

In mild of the accusations from Moscow, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba referred to as the Kremlin chief a “pathological liar” on Sunday. Putin is desperately attempting to hyperlink Ukraine to the assault, even when there isn’t any proof, Kuleba wrote on Sunday on the X platform (previously Twitter). “Don’t let Putin and his henchmen mislead you,” he appealed. Their solely objective is to encourage extra Russians to die within the mindless and prison battle towards Ukraine. In addition, that is meant to gas additional hatred towards different nations, particularly the whole West.

IS claims duty for assault

The IS propaganda channel Amak revealed a video supposedly displaying the attackers on the web site of the assault as alleged proof of being chargeable for the assault. An image of the alleged assassins with their faces unrecognizable was additionally proven. The fighters, armed with assault rifles, pistols and explosive units, dealt a “severe blow” to Russia, the letter mentioned. The assault focused “thousands of Christians in a music hall.” Terrorism consultants rated the letter as credible.

ISIS fights followers of Christianity and regards them as infidels. The Islamists have additionally had Moscow's politics on their radar for a number of years. In earlier speeches, the terrorist group accused Russia of shedding Muslim blood. In Afghanistan particularly, the legacy of the Soviet intervention 45 years in the past nonetheless weighs closely.

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser mentioned it was credible that the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISPK) group, referred to as an IS offshoot, was chargeable for the assault. This is at the moment the best hazard for Germany, mentioned Faeser to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. The ISPK terrorist group has its origins in Afghanistan. Khorasan represents a historic area in Central Asia that included components of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan in addition to Iran.