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Russian Commission To Release Preliminary Beslan Findings

Relatives of the victims accuse security services of incompetence (AFP) 28 December 2005 -- A special Russian parliamentary commission set up to investigate the 2004 Beslan school hostage siege is due to release its preliminary results today.

The head of the commission, Aleksandr Torshin, said there won't be any sensations when the 280-page preliminary report is released to lawmakers from both houses of parliament at a special session.

Yesterday, a separate commission -- this one under the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office -- released preliminary results from its own probe. Those findings cleared Russian forces of any wrongdoing during the operation to free the Beslan hostages in September 2004.

Relatives of more than 330 people who died in the siege accuse the security services of incompetence. They reacted angrily to the prosecutor-general's preliminary findings.

An earlier report by the parliamentary commission in North Ossetia -- the southern Russian republic where Beslan is located -- did find the security services had been incompetent.


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