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

In Moscow, the four suspects accused of carrying out a violent attack on the Crocus concert hall appeared in court with clear signs of violence. The attackers, who are 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 the suspects, all Tajik nationals, reside 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.

Muhammadsobir Fayzov, who was brought in on a wheelchair and unable to speak or open his eyes, was presented as the last suspect in court. Rachabalizoda Saidakrami Murodal confessed his guilt in court while Shamsidin Fariduni was visibly beaten and interrogated upon arrest. Dalerjon Mirzoev showed signs of more injuries than initially reported but did not provide details on his involvement in the attack beyond being contacted by unknown individuals to carry it out for financial gain.

The involvement of mercenaries from Russian group Wagner and potential Ukrainian support in crossing the border have also been raised by authorities. The suspects had varying backgrounds and family situations, adding complexity to

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