Find a Security Clearance Job!

Homeland Security

Moscow theater takeover


Event Details
Primary OrganizationIslamic International Peacekeeping Brigade1
Other OrganizationRiyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs1
Other OrganizationSpecial Purpose Islamic Regiment1
Means of AttackHostage-taking
LocationDubrovka Theater, Moscow, Russia
Start Time Oct. 23, 2002
End Time Oct. 26, 2002
Victim Deaths129
Attacker Deaths42
ParticipantsMovsar Barayev (Leader)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn Oct. 23, between 40 and 50 Chechen rebels took more than 700 people hostage at the Dubrovka theater in Moscow. After a three-day standoff, Russian special operations forces stormed the theater after releasing a morphine-like anesthetic - probably fentanyl - which was responsible for the death of most of the victims.

Most or all of the hostage-takers are killed as the special forces stormed the building.
1U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism,' 2005 edition.
Key to bullets
High confidence
Some confidence
Low confidence
No confidence
Page maintained by John Lumpkin
Click here for a disclaimer and detailed explanation of the confidence ratings.

Discuss this article in our