Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

Putin Blames ‘Radical Islamists’ for Moscow Concert Hall Attack, Calls it Part of Broader Intimidation Campaign in Ukraine

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the attack in a concert hall near Moscow on “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

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