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European Court Finds Russia Botched Theater-Siege Rescue

A woman places a photo at a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow on the event's ninth anniversary on October 26.
A woman places a photo at a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow on the event's ninth anniversary on October 26.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia botched the rescue of hostages during the 2002 Moscow theater siege by Chechen rebels.

The Strasbourg-based court found that Russia was right to end the standoff by force, using gas and weapons against the hostage takers, but it said too little care was taken to evacuate and treat the hostages.

It ordered Russia to pay the 64 applicants, a group of survivors of the siege and victims' relatives, a total of $1.64 million plus expenses.

The standoff started when more than 40 Chechen separatist fighters stormed Moscow's Dubrovka theater on October 23, 2002, holding around 900 people at gunpoint and booby-trapping the site.

Some 130 civilians died in the rescue operation.

The attackers demanded that Russian troops pull out of Chechnya.

compiled from agency reports
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by: William from: Aragon
December 20, 2011 21:42
"The Strasbourg-based court found that Russia was right to end the standoff by force". No, Russia wasn't. How much longer would the holding of hostages have gone on? A week? Two weeks? It did not have to end violently - the hostage-takers were after media coverage only.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 21, 2011 00:52
One cannot say that "William from Aragon" has "aragonitis",
he wouldn't wait save hostages.
But, maybe he has "aragonitis" after all - he didn't mentioned
that old Kadyrov and his Chechens, that were in Moscow at the time, offered do the job - they had mobil phones communications and could negotiate with hostage-takers and brake into the place
more successfully than Russians.

Not only Russians refused, not only Russian telepaths arround
my apartment read out of my head idea from some old French
movie about puting someone to sleep, but used too strong gas
and plagio-degeneracy of Russians - they did it with hate to hostages and to old Kadyrov (it might be one reeason for his
later assassination)...

Indeed, who did they think they were?
Another battalion that broken through gates of Shlissenburg?
Isn't it enough that Great Varaga-Prussaka cann't wipe-out
from history memory of that Georgian battalion?
Why would they want in history another, Chechen "battalion",
that broken through gates of "Nord-Ost"?

The size of tragedy was direct result of Varaga-Prussaka
imperial envy and hate.

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
December 21, 2011 01:43
The swift hand of justice! I'm willing to bet a six-pack that the defendants never receive a single penny of this judgment. If I was a European taxpayer, I would have a problem with funding these well-paid judges for such meaningless justice. It's a travesty that the only ones to profit from this tragedy are the lawyers and court officials.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 21, 2011 15:37
On that one you might be right.
EU courts are not inpartial, they are not going to try thouse that organized Ugoslavian Civil war and Germano-Austrian influence
in most of it with help of NATO.
However, they alloowed Milosovich be murdered in their prison
for opening his mouth during court hearings and talking about
organizers of devision of Eastern Europe and Balkans that
lead to Civil war...
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by: William from: Aragon
December 22, 2011 01:42
I am with you on that, Konstantin.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 22, 2011 11:10
Still, William from Aragon, victims of criminal negligence in "Nord Ost" tragedy had to be helped - it was a right decision.
The payment, thought, looks too small...

Also, War Crimes had to be tried.
The narrowing it to Serb leaders, used by Imperial resurectors and to devide Eastern Europe and Balkans, thought, looks too
unfair...
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by: Anonymous
December 21, 2011 15:52
this Court is kingdom of Hypocrisy

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