Putin's address on mass shooting in Moscow changed 3 times overnight

The body of the deceased in Crocus City Hall, March 23, 2024
The body of the deceased in Crocus City Hall, March 23, 2024

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s address to the nation, following the mass shooting at a mall near Moscow on March 22, was revised three times and ultimately didn’t run, Russian independent news outlet The Insider reported, citing their own sources in Russian media.

"Three times we received a signal to send Putin’s address to the servers, and three times the transfer was canceled,” one of The Insider's sources said.

“The wording was being rewritten at that exact moment."

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The address was announced by Russian propaganda outlet RIA Novosti, but later claimed that the announcement was a "technical error." The propagandists reported that Putin, via the Kremlin, "wished the victims health."

March 22 mass shooting in Moscow

On evening of March 22, several people in camouflage opened fire with assault rifles at people who had come to see the band Picnic play at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast. According to eyewitnesses, the shooters also threw a Molotov cocktail, and a fire broke out.

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All tickets to the concert were sold out, and according to media reports, up to 7,200 people could have been in the building.

Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) representative Andriy Yusov blamed the shooting at the Crocus City Hall concert hall on the Kremlin's special services, though Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS had allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack, according to independent Russian TV channel Dozdh (Rain).

On March 8, the US Embassy warned its citizens in Russia about the threat of a terrorist attack in Moscow. American diplomats stated that the attack could be carried out in crowded places, such as a concert.

Putin is said to have reportedly denied the U.S. warning, instead blaming the "West" for attempting to "intimidate" Russia.

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