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Russian television broadcasts the trial of the suspects

Russian television aired images of the trial on Saturday after the four suspected attackers of Friday's terror attack on Crocus City Hall were arrested. Russian public broadcaster Pervi Kanal showed footage showing the arrest of four suspected attackers in the Bryansk region on Saturday, showing them being taken away by members of the security forces.

One of the suspects had a large white bandage on his head and blood on his right ear. In footage from their interrogations, two of the suspects confess to their crimes, with one claiming to have acted for money.

According to Russian media and parliamentarian Alexander Kinstein, some of these suspects are from the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, Afghanistan's Central Asian neighbor, where the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the Moscow attack, operates. Investigators did not specify the nationalities of the suspects, saying only that they were not Russian.

Pervy Kanal broadcasted extracts of images from the interrogation of a man with a bloody bandage on his right ear on social networks without mentioning another video broadcast, the authenticity of which could not be verified. Agence France-Presse. In the video, a man with black hair and a light brown shirt is caught on the ground, with a piece of his right ear cut off. An outlaw punches him in the cheek trying to stuff it into his mouth.

Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the republic of Chechnya in the Russian Caucasus, said Chechen soldiers had been involved in arresting suspects for months in the Bryansk region to secure the border with Ukraine.

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Belarus, an ally of Moscow, said it took part in operations aimed at deterring the attackers. “Go out [du territoire russe] On common border » With Ukraine. None of the videos mentioned Ukraine or the Islamic State group.