The Moscow court sentenced four men arrested on charges of planning a terrorist attack in the concert hall Crocus City Hall to prison as a preventive measure. At the request of the prosecution, the court session was closed to the media.

Tajik citizens 32-year-old Dalerjon Mirzoev, 30-year-old Saidakrami Murodali Rachabalizoda, 25-year-old Shamsidin Faridun, and 19-year-old Muhammad Sabir Faizov are detained.

  • According to Russian media, Mirzoev has four minor children and had a three-month registration in Novosibirsk, which has expired. The suspect had bruises on his face. According to the court, he fully confessed to the crime.
  • Before the trial concluded, Rachabalizoda, with the assistance of an interpreter, stated that he has a wife and children and is registered in Russia, although he does not remember where. He was wearing a bandage on the side of his ear, indicating abuse. A day before the trial, a video circulated on Russian social networks showing that during the interrogation, the ear of a man suspected of the attack was cut off and stuffed into his mouth. The court's press office announced that Rachabalizoda also confessed to the crime.
  • After the arrest, Faridun was tortured with an electric shock, a photo of which was published on Telegram channels. Additionally, according to Russian media, a video was published in which the accused says that they were promised 500 thousand rubles in exchange for killing people at the concert. According to media reports, he has a wife and an eight-month-old son, worked as a laborer in Krasnogorsk, and has never been convicted.
  • Faizov was wounded during the arrest. He could not move on his own and was brought to court by doctors. Faizov worked as a barber in Ivanovo but left his job in January due to low wages.

The press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, did not answer the question about the torture of detainees.

On the evening of March 22, several gunmen opened fire at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Region. The shooting started shortly before the start of the Picnic concert. The attackers started a fire in the building, which spread to 12.9 thousand square meters, and the ceiling of the building collapsed.

At the moment, it is known that 137 people died as a result of the incident, of which only 62 have been identified. Some of them were killed by the assailants, and some died of fire and smoke inhalation. At least three children are among the dead. More than 180 people were injured.

A total of 11 people were arrested in connection with the terrorist attack, including four alleged attackers. According to the Investigative Committee, the suspects were apprehended in the Bryansk region while driving a Renault car towards the Russian-Ukrainian border. Law enforcement officers seized Makarov's pistol and the muzzle of the Kalashnikov automatic firearm from them.

The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite this, the Federal Security Service announced the presence of Ukrainian traces in the terrorist attack. The same version was later voiced by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, although he did not present any evidence. The Ukrainian authorities deny any connection with the incident.

According to information from the American television company CNN, a few days before the attack, the United States of America warned Russia about the threat of an attack by the Islamic State. In early March, the US Embassy also urged its citizens to avoid large gatherings in Moscow.

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