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Russia: Moscow Court Awards Some Compensation To Theater-Siege Families

Moscow, 26 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A Moscow court has ordered the city government to pay compensation to relatives of some of the victims of last October's Chechen hostage siege. Ten people who lost breadwinners in the siege will receive monthly payments that range from several dollars to around $300, plus a lump sum and child-rearing costs.

Some plaintiffs expressed disappointment at the ruling, saying the awards were too small.

Chechen rebels took some 800 people hostage in the three-day siege of a Moscow theater and 129 hostages died, most of them from gas used by Russian special forces before storming the theater.