Russia: Moscow marks 15-year anniv. of Moscow Dubrovka Theatre siege

Moscow residents gathered in the Russian capital, Thursday, to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the Moscow Dubrovka Theatre siege, which claimed the lives of 130 hostages. Mourners lit candles and laid flowers for the victims of the attack. Zoya Chernitsova, who lost a son in the siege, said that «nothing changes; the pain is getting greater and stronger.» On October 23, 2002, a group of... Еще 40 armed militants stormed the Dubrovka Theatre in southern Moscow during a performance of the Nord-Ost musical. Some 900 people, including theatre workers, performers and audience members, were taken hostage. The militants claimed allegiance to the separatist movement in Chechnya and demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from the region. After almost three days, Russian special forces began an assault, filling the building with knock-out gas. All the militants were killed during the raid, as well as 130 hostages, some of whom are believed to have died from the effects of inhaling the gas.

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