Behind Closed Doors: Four Suspects Appear in Court for Moscow Concert Hall Attack

The four suspects in the Moscow massacre present at Crocus City Hall, showing signs of violence before the judge

The four suspects accused of carrying out a violent attack on the Crocus concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow appeared in court with clear signs of violence. The alleged perpetrators of one of Russia’s largest massacres in a quarter of a century were brought before the Moscow Basmanni district court for the first time on Sunday night.

The attackers, facing terrorism charges and possible life imprisonment, will remain in custody for the time being. Most of the court session was held behind closed doors to protect the families of the victims. Authorities have not confirmed a link between the suspects and the Islamic State, an Islamist terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 137 people were killed and over 140 injured in the assault. While there are some connections between the assailants and Ukraine, the only confirmed information is that they are all Tajik nationals who resided in Russia.

Muhammadsobir Fayzov, the last suspect presented in court, was brought in on a wheelchair and unable to speak or open his eyes. The other suspects included Shamsidin Fariduni, who was visibly beaten and interrogated upon arrest, Rachabalizoda Saidakrami Murodal, who confessed his guilt in court, and Dalerjon Mirzoev, who was shown to have suffered more injuries than initially reported. The suspects provided details on their involvement in the attack, including being contacted by unknown individuals to carry out the massacre for financial gain.

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