Russia Tightens Security After Deadly Moscow Concert Attack, Impacting Tajik Citizens

Deadly terrorist attack at Moscow concert venue kills 144, strains Russia-Tajikistan ties as authorities arrest suspects, including Tajik citizens.

Safak Costu
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Russia Tightens Security After Deadly Moscow Concert Attack, Impacting Tajik Citizens

Russia Tightens Security After Deadly Moscow Concert Attack, Impacting Tajik Citizens

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced increased security measures following a terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall concert venue in Moscow on March 22, 2024, which killed 144 people and injured many more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by four suspects, all Tajik citizens, who have been charged with acts of terrorism.

As a result of the heightened security, Tajikistan citizens are now facing difficulties entering Russia. The Moscow City Courts Telegram channel reported that another suspect, Dzhumokhon Kurbonov, a Tajikistan citizen, has been detained as an accomplice in the attack. Kurbonov is accused of providing the attackers with means of communication and financing.

In total, twelve defendants have been arrested in the case, including the four alleged perpetrators. More than half of the suspects detained are from Tajikistan. The hearings for the suspects were held behind closed doors to maintain the secrecy of the investigation, and some of the suspects showed signs of abuse, with bruises and blood on their faces.

Why this matters: The terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall has not only resulted in a tragic loss of life but has also strained relations between Russia and Tajikistan. The increased security measures and the targeting of Tajik citizens entering Russia could have significant implications for the millions of Tajiks who either live permanently in Russia or work there seasonally, as remittances from migrant workers comprise a significant portion of Tajikistan's GDP.

While the Russian authorities have persistently claimed, without evidence, that Ukraine and the West were involved in the attack, Ukraine has denied any involvement. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow had released a warning about potential terrorist threats prior to the attack, which was met with derision by Russian officials. The Tajik Foreign Minister has condemned the treatment of the Tajik suspects, alleging that they were tortured in custody.

The deadly attack has left a profound impact on the victims and their families. Survivors have recounted their harrowing experiences of fleeing the venue amid the chaos and violence. Russia observed a national day of mourning in the wake of the tragedy, and Pope Francis sent prayers to the victims. As the investigation continues, the Russian authorities remain committed to bringing those responsible for this heinous act to justice.

Key Takeaways

  • Terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall in Moscow kills 144, ISIS claims responsibility.
  • Increased security measures by Russia lead to difficulties for Tajik citizens entering Russia.
  • 12 suspects arrested, over half are Tajik citizens, some show signs of abuse in custody.
  • Attack strains Russia-Tajikistan relations, impacts Tajik migrant workers in Russia.
  • Russia observes national day of mourning, investigation ongoing to bring perpetrators to justice.