Russia declared Sunday a day of national mourning after at least 133 people were killed and more than 140 wounded in an attack on a concert hall in Moscow.

Events were canceled across the country, flags were lowered to half-mast and television broadcasts were suspended, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Events were canceled across the country, flags were lowered to half-mast.

Flowers were piled at a memorial near the wrecked concert hall.
Rescue efforts have "stalled" according to officials, but hundreds of people have lined up to donate blood to the injured as searches continue. Some still do not know if their loved ones who went to the event are alive.

People from around the world laid flowers in front of embassies in various countries to remember the victims of the attack.

Following the shooting, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced the cancellation of all public events planned for the weekend in the city. Russian authorities announced increased security at airports and train stations in Moscow.

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Meanwhile, some Russian politicians have called for a review of the death penalty for terrorism. The death penalty is currently legal in Russia but has not been carried out since 1996 due to a moratorium.

State Duma member Mikhail Sheremet told RIA Novosti that he plans to raise the issue of capital punishment for "terrorists". Vladimir Vasilyev, the leader of the "United Russia" faction in the State Duma, supported this statement.

Russia has suffered many terrorist attacks in the recent past, but this attack was the deadliest on Russian soil in nearly 20 years.

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