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Russia Marks 10 Years Since Deadly Theater Siege

October 26, 2012

by RFE/RL's Russian Service

MOSCOW -- Russia has been marking the 10th anniversary of the end of the Dubrovka theater siege in which nearly 200 people were killed.

On October 23, 2002, some 50 armed militants took more than 700 people hostage at the Moscow theater to demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya.

One hundred and thirty hostages and their captors died 57 hours later.

They were killed by gas pumped into the theater that was intended to subdue the militants.

At a remembrance ceremony outside the theater on October 26, families of the victims lit candles and 130 balloons were released into the sky.

The names of the victims were also read out.

The probe into the deaths is still under way and investigators have failed to release even preliminary findings.

Relatives of the victims accuse the government of covering up its role in their deaths.

With reporting by AP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-marks-10-years-dubrovka-theater-siege/24751861.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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