On September 1, 2004, 32 Chechen militants stormed School No. 1 in the North Ossetian town of Beslan and held 1,100 pupils, their relatives, and teachers hostage for three days. The militants demanded the withdrawal of federal forces from Chechnya. In the end, more than 330 of the hostages died, including 186 children, after a botched rescue attempt by Russian security forces.
Moscow-based photographer Maxim Marmur spent two weeks in Beslan in 2004 following the siege and returned five years later, in May 2009, to photograph survivors and the families of the victims. The captions were written by Svetlana Sukhova. Photo gallery of Beslan: Portraits Of Grief