Russian Authorities Following Terror Attack: Condemning Torture and Demanding Accountability

Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

Following the terrorist attack near Moscow that claimed the lives of at least 137 people, Russian President Wladimir Putin has attributed the crime to “radical Islamists.” During a televised meeting on Monday, Putin stated that the shooting could be part of a broader intimidation campaign in Ukraine. He 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 attack, Russian authorities have now arrested and placed in custody four suspects. 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 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

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