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Russian Activists Accuse Kremlin Of Trying To 'Forget Beslan'

A man evacuates an injured child after Russian special forces stormed the school in Beslan in September 2004.
A man evacuates an injured child after Russian special forces stormed the school in Beslan in September 2004.
By Maria Stroikova
MOSCOW -- September 3 was a solemn day in Russia -- the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorist Attacks. In Moscow, wreaths were laid and candles lit at the sites of 12 different terrorist incidents that have taken dozens of lives in the capital in recent years.

But relatives of victims of perhaps Russia's most horrific terrorist attack of all -- the September 2004 hostage-taking at a school in Beslan -- are disappointed with the way their particular pain has been handled.

On September 1, 2004, armed Chechen militants seized more than 1,000 children, parents, and teachers who were gathered at the Beslan school to mark the start of the school year. Three hundred and thirty-four people -- including 186 schoolchildren -- died, many of them in the chaotic storming of the school two days later by Russian security forces.

Ella Kesayeva, a member of the Beslan Mothers Committee, says Moscow's policy on the tragedy now amounts to a very simple one: "Forget Beslan."

For example, she says, two years ago at this time, the headlines were dominated not by Beslan commemorations but by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's road trip across Siberia in a Lada Kalina automobile.

"In the past seven years, the leading figures of government only twice observed moments of silence in memory of those who died," Kesayeva says. "In the other years, they were doing things like riding yellow Kalinas and they just forgot about Beslan. They made it clear that 'we don’t want to remember this.'"

She adds that her group's efforts to secure passage of a federal law on assistance to victims of terrorist attacks have been stymied.

"For years, we have been gathering signatures in support of a law on victims of terrorism -- all victims, not just Beslan -- but it still has not been passed," she says. "To this day, victims have no social guarantees, no right to medical care. For years, people got medical help on an individual basis. Now, the situation is clear: 'Forget Beslan.'"

PHOTO GALLERY: Tragedy At Beslan (originally published in 2009)
  • A woman cries in front of a memorial to students killed at School No.1 in Beslan, North Ossetia.
  • Russian troops gather outside Beslan's School No. 1.
  • A soldier carries a baby after the release of 26 women and children on the second day of the crisis. Officials say the hostage takers started the massacre by setting off a bomb inside the school, but many in Beslan say the soldiers provoked the battle by firing a rocket-propelled grenade at the school, causing the roof to collapse and sparking a fierce blaze.
  • A boy cries among other freed hostages after special forces entered the school on September 3, 2004. A number of witnesses also say they saw tanks fire on the school. Independent investigators have denounced what they say was a botched rescue operation.
  • A makeshift memorial wall displays photographs of many of those who died in the siege. Yury Savelyev, an explosives expert and State Duma deputy, published a report confirming the battle was triggered by soldiers firing grenades from a building across from the school.
  • Nur-Pashi Kulayev, the only surviving Beslan terrorist, was sentenced to life in prison on May 26, 2006. Survivors and victims' families remain embittered because only Kulayev was convicted. Three local policemen implicated in the event were also given amnesty.
  • Beslan relatives demonstrate outside Kulayev's trial in May 2006, holding anti-Putin placards.
  • Family members expressed their anger in court in 2007 after three policemen implicated in the event were given amnesty.
  • The gutted school gymnasium, where more than 1,000 hostages were held for days without food or water.
  • Mourners remember the victims at a memorial services in Beslan.

Kesayeva says questions about the storming remain unanswered, and she criticizes the investigation into the Beslan events. She notes that the main security officials involved in the storming, including two former deputy chairmen of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and a former deputy interior minister, have never been called to testify about the events or why they ordered the use of tanks and other heavy weaponry.

She notes that many of the Beslan Mothers Committee's complaints are now pending before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Marat Kaboyev, a journalist based in Beslan, tells RFE/RL's Russian Service that the investigation into Beslan is far from complete and has been largely pushed to the side.

"The investigation into the so-called main case has still not been completed. Every three months, they extend the deadline," Kaboyev says. "The investigation is proceeding very lackadaisically. In my opinion, investigators are mostly reinterrogating witnesses that already testified that during the storming of the school heavy weapons -- that is, tanks, flamethrowers, grenade launchers -- were used. They are reinterrogating them along these lines: 'Did you see who among the hostages, say, was killed by a shell from a tank?' It is unclear when such an investigation might end."

He adds that "an enormous amount" of material concerning the case has been sealed as "top secret" and excluded from the investigation.

RFE/RL correspondent Robert Coalson contributed to this story from Prague
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Comment Sorting
by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
September 03, 2012 13:36
I can understand why the authorities might want to avoid discussing this incident. Notwithstanding the heroism of many of those involved in saving the hostages, many mistakes were made. The essence of the tragic bardak stems from corruption, deceipt, and a casual disregard toward human life.

Despite all the Kremlin’s crocodile tears, certain leaders wanted to demonstrate how they were going to waste the terrorists in the outhouse (even if 300+ innocent people died in the process).

See link below for some front-line photos.

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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 06, 2012 06:37
It is simple, Russians never forget non-Russian face or name,
To kill them and to burry them. You missrepresent it - Ray.
Terrorists were "oboroten's" - Russian army game:
Occupy North Osetia as platcdarm - and sway,
With Gauliters, children by the Russian rape.

While preparing invade Georgia, repopulate,
North Osetia too, than Tchinvali be invaded.
But Russia remembers its own aggressors.
Medvedev cried, forgetting he was assessor
Of expand-Russia for steal-homes and land.

He and Putin where furious that "their boys",
Bestial "vzvods" in forthresses, at Tchinvali,
Were killed along with few children of rapes
Among them - they didn't care about many,
Cought in cross-fire, for nazi Russia - waist.

The same was in Beslan - Russians came
Be sue "oboroten's" would finish their game.
They had to kill as many of race of Gorgians
In Median Beslan, as needed beat "baraban",
Get out "Oboroten's" after killing, for "medal".

It is "oboroten's", Russian murderous crowd,
If some of them killed, Russia is crying about!
For them, in Tchinvali or Beslan, flag is down,
They are remembered - not non-Russian-out!

by: Ingush from: Ingushetia
September 03, 2012 13:47
Impossible to forget hundreds of Ingush civilians taken hostage in Beslan school in 1992:
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by: Ingush from: Ingushetia
September 03, 2012 14:36
I forgot to add, specially for Jack.
Hundreds of Ingush civilians were taken hostage and killed by Christian Russian and Ossetian terrorists in Beslan school in 1992.
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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2012 00:47
Better links, that actually work:
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 06, 2012 06:54
You aren't Ingush, lying like Russia's shmo!
All Caucasians were relatives - look site:
All brothers, since the pre-Georgia,
And later joined tribes, you Borgio.

It happened that Beslan's Medians
And Ingushes more pre-Georgians
Than Skiff, Gun or Dan. So what?
You do Russia "raskol'nik's" bloat!
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by: Anonymous
September 06, 2012 21:19
konstanTIN-oseTIN relax bro. =))
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by: Ingush from: Ingushetia
September 08, 2012 17:34
Konstantin I am not a liar like you ossetians. We all know you held thousands of hostages in Beslan, and we all know that hundreds of them were held in Beslan school. We know that Russia and West support you that is why you will not publish the truth in your New-York times or Pravda.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 09, 2012 03:56
If you are Ingush, you are totally blind!
Don't you know that Russia since 1954 planed it?
Don't you know their goal to repopulate by Russian creatures
All Eastern Europe and Central Asia, by Russia-genocide?

Don't you know that people like Militon Kantaria, elected,
Denied by invading Russia that now scream NATO?
That same done to Kantemirov and Chechens,
Half turned refugees, by your Russ "Brata"!

Russia did, do and will repopulate countries!
Were Kantaria and Kantemirov for "NATO"?
Victims of Russia complained to UN and EU.
They also complained USA. NATO for peace
Was later - help Russia too - peace to make.
Instead it leures US, by gaseling at the World
And try Napoleonize NATO, into Russia bogs.

You might be blinded to some degree by war,
With Osetins, some children of Russian rape,
Russiafied Skiffs or Guns, maybe some hors.
But a degree you are helping Russia aggress
Makes you sound like Russ or stupified damn.
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by: Ingush from: Ingushetia
September 10, 2012 08:40
Russia and you ossetians planned it. Russia and you ossetians executed the plans in 1864, 1917, 1944, 1992, and now in 2000s. Russians returned us back to the Caucasus from the exile in 1957. No, not because Khrushchev was a nice guy, but because we showed hell there and what you called "Ingush banditry" in Asia and Siberia rose up. Stop lying about 1954. There was no plans in1954.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 10, 2012 17:52
I am not an Osetin, but I recognize "Russkie Ordy".
I was a witness of the 1954 pact in VaduLuyVody
And one can find my testimony on "Free Europe"
In few topics - it was Russia, Brits and Bechtele.

Boldyrev's spies raped Osetin girls, since 50-th,
(I new in Kishinev about 3 cases when I was 14)
Geting them pregnant and add bastards to each
"Vzvod" in built-up around Tchinvali forthresses,
Kill Georgian children and be Gauliters in Osetia.

If you persist, calling truth a lie, you just angree,
Or simply lyig for Russia. Who said "Bantitry"?
The word is poking-out - Russ-GRU mentality
Might fit occupier's of Ingushetia "languality",
As "oboroten's" killing Ingushes, for "parity".

Is Russia chaning the Ingushes genotypes?
Your president and some others facial vew
Look quite different than during an interviw
With Kaplan years ago type of Ingush men.
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by: Ingush from: Ingushetia
September 25, 2012 13:28
We will never forget Beslan-1992. Osetin-konstantin.

by: Jack from: US
September 03, 2012 13:56
Beslan hostage-taking was performed by peaceful Wahhabi Sunni Muslims sponsored by US government and Saudi Arabia.
Wahhabi Sunni Muslims are approved by US government, while Christian children of Beslan were not approved by US government. Which is why children of Beslan had to be killed by US-sponsored peaceful Wahhabi Sunni activists.
RFE/RL and other US-government-controlled propaganda outlets justified hostage-taking and killing of children in Beslan by "brutality" of evil Russian forces. RFE/RL and US state-controlled media are now justifying hostage-taking by "Free Syrian Army". That is because Christians and Alawites and Shia Muslims and Sufi Muslims are not approved by US government. US government only approves Wahhabi Sunni Muslims and Jews.
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by: Mark Galeotti from: New York
September 03, 2012 14:46
It's nonsense to describe the Wahhabi terrorists of Beslan as US approved or sponsored -- it's also an insult to the victims to use their tragedy as an excuse to peddle this kind of propaganda. If you can find any instance of RFE/RL saying the atrocities of Beslan were OK for any reason, then by all means cite them, but I doubt you will.
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by: Jack from: US
September 03, 2012 15:49
check any article by RFE/RL or other US state-controlled propaganda outlet on Beslan or on Syria. Their description of Beslan tragedy is nothing short of condemnation of evil Russians and illicit approval of Wahhabi Sunni "peaceful activists". Check any article in US state-controlled media on Syria. They are full of support for Wahhabi Sunni "Free Syrian Army" and condemnation of "evil" Assad regime. The pattern is the same in both cases. US state-controlled media followed the same party line when pushing propaganda on Kosovo and Bosnia war - i.e. Sunni Muslims are "victims" while Christians are evil
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by: Jack from: US
September 03, 2012 16:10
"Mark Galeotti":
would you also deny that "Free Syrian Army" is taking hostages in Syria?
would you also deny that "Free Syrian Army" is supported by US government and Saudi Arabia?
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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2012 00:48
Just ignore him. He is a troll from Russia.
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by: Ralph Davis from: Plymouth, IN USA
September 04, 2012 02:05
Dr Galeotti is correct . . . having studied the north caucasus wars and salafi jihadists for over a decade I can authoritatively state that the US is not, nor has been, given support to the Chechen Independence Movement/Caucasus Emirate. Regarding Beslan, it was a jihadi suicide mission against infidals whose goal was to create ethnic animosity between North Ossetia and Ingushetia. To believe otherwise is not only intellectual dishonesty but also ethically corrupt.

For background on the Chechen war, see my archived newsletter at
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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2012 11:00
Why go to your newbish page when we have better discussion group at
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by: Ralph Davis from: Plymouth, IN USA
September 04, 2012 13:20
It is not newbish.
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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2012 22:35
Listen, kid. Your listserv is newbish. Chechnya-sl list is over a deacade old and presents the most unbiased news from the Caucasus.
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by: peter from: ottawa canada
September 04, 2012 14:10
Jack you sound like a broken record with your same comments all the time Get a life, Jack from the usa
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by: Mamuka
September 06, 2012 22:40
Be nice to Jack (peaceful Wahhabists) he is having problems (NATO minions) dealing with reality (US sponsors Islamic terrorists). Oh yes and US sponsors peaceful Wahhabists and NATO minions (but not necessarily in that order).
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
September 06, 2012 17:49
Jack again? What an out of wack aggress.
He's capable push backward elefant's ass.
Not by reasoning but the lying "neskladuha"
That he shavels - insult us by his "opleuha".

Not USA or Saudi sponsored Wahhabi raid,
But the "Oboroten's" Russian army's made
Assembly, multi-breed Russia-USSR force
Picked in Chechnia few GRU-slave-horses,
Three of which killed - protesting killing kids.

Most were from all over - as secret snipers
That killed civilians from Abkhazia, Moldova
And East Europe through Afghan and Asia,
Russians and their half-breed narkomans.
It is why I first started warning about Siria!

Now you messed it together as your idea!
Just opposit Jack - Syria-invade preceded
By Russian-British-German Archeologists
That I immidiatly confronted for race-dead,
Trying do what Russia doing in Caucasus!

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
September 04, 2012 01:25
We know that in Russia,, only one person has the right to the final order-Mr Putin..Of course he has aides and advisors but without the order of Putin's assault on a school in Beslan was impossible.
Tales that terrorists started killing hostages and the assault began spontaneously it is for sparrows -you throw bread crumbs of bread while tell story to. them-they are in attention..

Putin had to show that he will not negotiate with terrorists, and the children are not an obstacle.
Request of parents have not played absolutely no role here..
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by: KenM from: Sydney
September 04, 2012 10:17
The American Committee for Peace in Chechnya is one prominent US funded pro- islamic chechen group, mostly consisting of members of the neo-conservative establishment.
Chaired by Chaired by former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, membership includes Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, Elliott Abrams, Midge Decter, William Kristol, Michael Ledeen, and James Woolsey.

There are numerous others based in the US, UK, & Eastern Europe.
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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2012 22:38
What do you expect? The legendary father of Chechen and Ingush peoples was Kavkas (the name Caucasian is derived from it).
Russians like Aryans Persians and they support persian speaking Ossetians.
See the conflict of interests yet?

by: eric d from: IF Idaho USA
September 06, 2012 00:58
How quickly & easily they forget! It's appallling to see an RFERL article on Beslan that doesn't mention Novaya Gazetta reporter Anna Politkovaskaya & her courageous exposes of the Putin regime's complicity in the Moscow Apartment Bombings, the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis (Dubrovka) & the Beslan School Hostage Crisis. Politkovkaya tried to fly into Beslan but was prevented by Russian authorities & later poisoned for her criticism of Putin & the FSB. Suffice it to say Politkovkaya showed that many so-called "terrorist attacks!" were really inside jobs by Putin & the FSB/MVD designed to work up anti-terrorist hysteria & ensure Putin's terrorist rule over the North Caucasus would go on. Maybe, like Jack always says, the US & CIA had some distant role in these tragedies. But the whole international "war on terror" & its bugaboo, Wahabbi conspiracy, was originally fabriocated by Putin & CO to sell the North Caucasus war to the international community. And if you want to look for the invisible hand behind North Caucasus terrorist conspiracies & the various hostage crises (plural!), don't look to Doku Umariov & the North Caucasus Emirate. look straight to the Kremlin. And see who (...surprise!...) just got re-elected as terror czar of Greater Russia, once again...

PS And it'll be a cold day in Russia when The Mothers of Beslan ever get their day in court...
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by: Anonymous
September 08, 2012 12:19
broken record plays and plays, "hand of Kremlin" behind all attacks including Umarov is "hand of Kremlin". Good thing you don't like in 19th century or you would see "hand of Kremlin" in Imam Shamil, or Baisangur Benoevski.

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