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On Sunday night, four Tajik nationals accused of carrying out a violent attack on the Crocus concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow appeared in court. 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. The suspects, who faced 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.

Despite authorities’ efforts, there has been no confirmation linking the suspects to 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, there is only confirmed information that all suspects resided in Russia.

The attackers were brought before the judge individually and appeared severely weakened. Interpreters were present as two of them did not speak Russian. The last suspect presented in court, Muhammadsbir Fayzov, 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. Leaked videos and photographs circulating online also revealed evidence of severe treatment and torture inflicted upon them.

Authorities also raised concerns about potential Russian mercenaries from Wagner involved in crossing borders with Ukrainian support. The backgrounds and family situations of all suspects varied further complexifying legal proceedings.

As such, while a lot has already been uncovered about this deadly attack on Crocus concert hall case remains ongoing as authorities continue to investigate this horrific crime against humanity.

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