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A top Russian official has accused the United States of being behind the deadly terrorist attack at a Moscow concert hall last month, even though the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack, which left around 145 people dead.

Following the attack on March 22 at Crocus City Hall, four individuals were charged with terrorism for their roles in the tragedy. Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Russian security council, disputed this narrative. During a meeting with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Patrushev voiced skepticism about the origins of the attack, hinting at Ukrainian special services’ involvement. He added, “everyone knows that the Kyiv regime is not independent and is completely controlled by the United States.”

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The aftermath of the attack saw a revelation that Russian President Vladimir Putin had dismissed prior US warnings about potential extremist activities. Despite the US Embassy in Russia issuing a security alert on March 7, cautioning against large gatherings due to imminent threats, Putin labeled these warnings as “provocative” and “blackmail” aimed at destabilizing Russian society.

The White House firmly denied these claims, labeling them as “nonsense” and “propaganda.” National security communications adviser John Kirby added, “It’s abundantly clear that ISIS was solely responsible for the horrific terrorist attack in Moscow last week.”


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