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  CNS - Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis: Incapacitants & Chemical Warfare - November 4, 2002 - Research Story of the ...
Even allowing for the fact that Moscow authorities were faced with a desperate situation, some have argued that the Russian operation was conducted with inadequate attention to the safety of innocent civilians.
The terrorist group that seized the hostages at the Moscow Dubrovka Theatre Center was a particularly extreme and violent group.
Movsar Barayev's hostage takers vehemently rejected Russian offers of safe passage in exchange for releasing the hostages, and repeatedly boasted of their willingness to "punish the sinners" if the Russians attacked the theater or failed to begin withdrawing from Chechnya.
cns.miis.edu /pubs/week/02110b.htm   (2258 words)

  Moscow theater hostage crisis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Moscow theatre hostage crisis was the seizure on October 23, 2002 of a crowded Moscow theatre by armed Chechen men and women who claimed allegiance to the separatist movement in Chechnya.
Cellphone conversations with hostages trapped in the building revealed that the hostage-takers had grenades and other explosives strapped to their bodies, and had deployed more explosives throughout the theatre, One in the center of the Theatre, and one in the Balcony.
The senior doctor within the Moscow public health department announced that all of the hostages that were killed in the raid had died of the effects of the unknown gas, rather than from gunshot wounds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Moscow_theater_hostage_crisis   (2180 words)

 Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis is a terror attack from 14 June to 19 June 1995, when a group of about 50 Chechen separatist fighters led by Shamil Basayev attacked the southern Russian city Budyonnovsk near Chechnya.
The hostage-takers issued an ultimatum threatening to kill the hostages unless their demands, including an end to the Chechen war and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya, were met.
On June 19, most of the hostages were released, and Basayev's group, under cover of 120 alleged volunteer hostages, departed for, and uneventfully reached, the Chechen town of Zandak.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Budyonnovsk_hospital_hostage_crisis   (554 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Hostage   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hostage taking is often politically motivated or intended to raise a ransom (in kind of money) or to enforce an exchange (against other hostages or even condemned convicts).
An acute situation where hostages are kept in a building or a vehicle that has been taken over by armed terrorists or common criminals is often called a hostage crisis.
The word "hostage" is sometimes used metaphorically, for example "The failure of the plans showed that yet again the whole matter was hostage to one traffic delay caused by unannounced roadworks stopping a man from catching a plane.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Hostage   (242 words)

 Moscow Hostage Crisis - CDI Russia Weekly #242
Judge Marina Gorbacheva ruled on 23 January that the city of Moscow is not obligated to provide material compensation to the Chernetsov, Karpov, and Khramtsov families for the loss of their loved ones in the 23-26 October hostage taking at a Moscow theater.
Moscow officials also stressed the profiteering motive, grumbling that the former hostages and relatives could, if successful, spawn a rash of copycat suits that would endanger the municipal budget and even rob the old of their meager pensions.
Queries about security lapses in Moscow, the quality of the first aid the hostages received, and the strangely convenient deaths of all the hostage takers will have to wait, if they are to be pursued at all.
www.cdi.org /russia/242-15.cfm   (828 words)

 USATODAY.com - Moscow theater reopens after hostage crisis   (Site not responding. Last check: )
MOSCOW (AP) — The Moscow theater where Chechen militants took hundreds of people hostage in a deadly raid last October officially reopened Saturday after three months of repairs.
In the end, 129 hostages died, the vast majority killed by a narcotic gas used to incapacitate the militants.
The theater was renovated with $2.5 million from the Moscow city government.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2003-01-25-theater-raid_x.htm   (370 words)

 Moscow Hostage Crisis Lawsuit - CDI Russia Weekly #240
Moscow, 16 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Crowds of people jostled to get into the cramped hearing room of a Moscow court that began proceedings today over a multimillion-dollar series of lawsuits brought on behalf of victims of last October's hostage crisis in a Moscow theater.
The unprecedented hearings stem from last October's three-day hostage crisis, when around 50 heavily armed Chechen militants stormed a Moscow theater, rigging it with explosives and taking around 800 captives to demand an end to the war in Chechnya.
Following the country's antiterrorism law, which puts the burden of compensation on local authorities, the lawsuits name as the defendants Moscow city officials instead of the federal authorities responsible for overseeing the rescue operation to free the hostages.
www.cdi.org /russia/240-15.cfm   (919 words)

 Mounting Anger Over Unknown Gas - CBS News
Moscow health officials repeated Tuesday that two victims of last week's hostage crisis died of gunshot wounds, saying a report quoting the chief Moscow prosecutor as claiming 45 were killed by gunfire was inaccurate.
An Oklahoman held hostage in a Moscow theater with his mail-order bride and her daughter was confirmed as one of the casualties Tuesday.
Relatives of the hostages held for more than two days in a Moscow theater waited for survivors to be released from hospitals Tuesday while politicians questioned how a large band of heavily armed rebels could have raided a building near the center of the capital.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2002/10/30/world/main527471.shtml   (1388 words)

 USATODAY.com - Putin to unleash military against terror suspects   (Site not responding. Last check: )
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Monday he will give the military broader power to strike against suspected terrorists "where ever they may be" in response to a three-day hostage siege at a Moscow theater that left at least 118 captives dead after a rescue operation.
The death toll among the hostages climbs from 67 to 90, and later to 118.
The death toll among the hostages stood at 118 on Sunday, including the 116 who died from effects of the gas, a woman who was shot in the early hours of the crisis and a hostage killed by a gunshot wound to the head early Saturday.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2002-10-28-russia-hostages_x.htm   (1389 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / 26 freed in Russian hostage crisis
MOSCOW -- Militants holding hundreds of hostages in a school in southern Russia freed 26 women and children yesterday as the Russian government intensified negotiations with the captors and relatives of those still inside kept an emotional vigil nearby.
Analysts said their comments, and Moscow's request for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council meeting late Wednesday, reflected a shift from the usual assertive remarks and actions that accompanied such previous crises.
The mayor said it would be "improper" to hold a feast during the hostage crisis.
www.boston.com /news/world/articles/2004/09/03/26_freed_in_russian_hostage_crisis?pg=2   (560 words)

 No Breakthrough In Moscow Hostage Crisis
MOSCOW (UPI) -- Some 700 theater-goers, taken hostage by several dozen Chechen rebels, reportedly began receiving food and water supplies, but there were no significant breakthroughs in negotiations between the militants and authorities, RIA Novosti news agency reported Friday.
On Friday, Politkovskaya was accompanied by Leonid Roshal, the chairman of the children's urgent surgery and trauma department of the Russian Academy of Medical Science, who spent the previous night talking to the terrorists and managed to negotiate the release Friday of eight children ages 6-12.
The state-owned Mayak radio station said that at least 15 people with explosives attached to their bodies were patrolling the theater aisles as others stood guard in the basement and theater balconies, monitoring routes of a potential storming of the building by Russian forces.
www.rense.com /general31/break.htm   (800 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Tough lessons for Putin in hostage showdown   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The most dramatic of all possible outcomes for the hostage situation would have been if Russian troops had stormed the school and gunmen had made good on their threat to blow the building, which was wired to explode, killing everyone inside.
In an attempt to greatly reduce the chances of a repeat of the Moscow theater hostage crisis, when rebels where stunned by a toxic gas slipped in by Russian special forces, the hostage takers had refused food and water from outside for the hostages, and smashed windows in the gymnasium for better air circulation.
A terrorist attack is largely a combination of war and theater, to which public attention is firmly glued by the means of the media to an ongoing drama that allows the terrorists to frame their operation as a one-off game.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?ID=9595   (2023 words)

 Moscow Hostage Crisis Ends
The hostage crisis in the theater in Moscow ended this morning about 5:30 AM local time after Russian special forces stormed the building.
Many of the hostages are still in the hospital recovering from gas poisoning as a result of the gas pumped in during the raid by Russian special forces.
The Chechen terrorists seized the theater on October 23rd and demanded an end to war in Chechnya, which began in 1999.
www.biblenews1.com /history2/20021026.htm   (1005 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / 26 freed in Russian hostage crisis
Many of the hostages were infants, as the raid began when entire families visited the school for a festive ceremony marking the start of the school year.
The former hostages were taken to a hospital for examination.
Hundreds of relatives and friends of the hostages crowded against police barricades and criticized authorities for failing to prevent the raid.
www.boston.com /news/world/articles/2004/09/03/26_freed_in_russian_hostage_crisis?mode=PF   (1025 words)

 CCC - The Moscow Hostage Crisis: An Analysis of Chechen Terrorist Goals
The deaths in Moscow are attributed to respiratory failure.
The Russian have used the language of the War on Terrorism to justify the raid on the theater, and to launch further attacks into Chechnya and on Chechen rebels alleged to be in the Republic of Georgia.
While backlash has been discussed primarily in terms of popular domestic support for terrorist groups, the Moscow hostage crisis is a strong example of a poor strategic decision that may lead to backlash against the Chechen separatists.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /si/may03/russia.asp   (1895 words)

 The St. Petersburg Times - Opinion - The Moscow Crisis: What Did It Show?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Moscow is within its reach, and young Russians are pointlessly dying in what has always been a no-win situation for Russia, so let's put a stop to it all.
Wines' assertion that "despite government denials, many, if not most, of the dead hostages had died from the knockout gas used in the attack" shows that he, for one, felt that the use of gas was maybe not the best way to go.
Maybe, in her discussions with the Chechen hostage takers, Politkovskaya sensed that they were having a sudden change of heart about the morality (not to say the political stupidity) of butchering innocent people to make a better world.
www.sptimes.ru /story/8468   (2479 words)

 CNN.com - Chechen gunmen seize Moscow theatre - Oct. 23, 2002
Valeri Girbakin, a spokesman for Moscow police, said there were women of "non-Slavic" nationalities among the armed contingent, some with explosives strapped to their bodies.
One official had said security forces would not storm the hall unless the rebels began killing hostages: "Storming of the building will not be carried out at the initiative of the Russian side if the terrorists do not undertake actions to kill large numbers of hostages," Gennady Gutkov told NTV television.
Russian radio broadcast pleas from hostages speaking on mobile phones who said that if police stormed the theater, the gunmen would kill 10 hostages for each hostage-taker killed by police.
archives.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/europe/10/23/russia.siege   (1212 words)

 CNN.com - Basayev: Russia's most wanted man - Sep 8, 2004
MOSCOW, Russia -- Shamil Basayev, the rebel warlord who prosecutors say masterminded the deadly school hostage siege in Beslan, is a household name in Russia after a decade of conflict in the mainly Muslim province of Chechnya.
Chechen rebel forces crossed into Dagestan in 1999 and Moscow held Chechens responsible for a wave of bomb attacks across Russia.
Basayev said on a rebel Web site that he was responsible for the Moscow theater siege of October 2002 in which 50 Chechen rebels held about 800 people hostage.
edition.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/europe/09/08/russia.basayev   (674 words)

 Hostage Crisis   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Hostage Crisis In Of The Iran Hostage Crisis
Three Americans held hostage in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran remember Iran In interviews with the newspaper, the former hostages recalled Iran's ultra-conservative President-elect Mahmoud...
Now the former hostages of the 1979 embassy crisis are recognizing him as one of the KEY hostage takers..t does not mean that Iran is now a bigger enemy for the US even if the allegation is true...
hostagecrisis.mendcrisis.com   (1369 words)

 Moscow Hostage Crisis Demands Greater U.S.-Russia Security Cooperation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Though the scale of the Moscow hostage crisis is reminiscent of similar attacks during the first Chechen war, this latest event indicates Chechen terrorists may be seeking more deadly outcomes.
Moscow resists a political settlement but is incapable of achieving a quick military solution.
Joint training, including anti-terrorism exercises and hostage rescue operations, should be conducted between the FBI and Russia's FSB, and between the U.S. Delta Force and Russia's Alpha and Vityaz forces.
www.heritage.org /Research/RussiaandEurasia/em844.cfm   (998 words)

 Staging a Siege in Moscow. By June Thomas - Slate Magazine
European papers are understandably gripped by the Moscow theater hostage crisis, where 40-50 commandos are holding at least 500 civilians.
Headlines in the Russian press included, "Country Held Hostage," "War Bursts on Moscow," and "World War." As the Moscow Times observed, the crisis is "perhaps the most crucial test" of Vladimir Putin's presidency, especially since his political career owes much to his tough stance on the Chechen conflict.
The paper bemoaned the "alarming pattern" in the "massive use of terror against innocent civilians to settle or air the most disparate conflicts and grievances, real or imagined." Still, the editorial conceded that the commandos had already achieved their main objective, which was to bring the world's attention to the situation in Chechnya.
www.slate.com /id/2073205   (912 words)

 U.S. News: What really happened in the Moscow hostage crisis? (1/27/03)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Men and women disabled during the theater hostage crisis, and the relatives of those killed, have gone to court to try to find out what really happened.
All 41 terrorists were killed, and 129 of the hostages died, apparently as a result of the gas.
During the hearing, Judge Maria Gorbacheva denied Trunov's motions to call witnesses from among the troops who entered the theater during the takeover and to admit video recordings of the terrorists and victims as evidence.
www.usnewsclassroom.com /issue/030127/usnews/27hostage.htm   (460 words)

 NCSJ- Jewish Casualties in Moscow Hostage Crisis
Last week, she called home from a cell phone hours after she was taken hostage by Chechen kidnappers along with some 800 other people at a Moscow theater.
The two children were among six Jewish hostages who died in the rescue operation, out of some 27 Jews that the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia identified among the hostages.
Anna Shifrina, 60, a Moscow pensioner, was laid to rest Wednesday in a Jewish cemetery in Malakhovka outside Moscow.
www.ncsj.org /AuxPages/103102JTA.shtml   (403 words)

 IranAndWorld.Com - Subpage
"Terrorism" is seen only in one context: the effect, but never the cause, as though suicide bombings, the Moscow theater hostage crisis, the Kurdish rebels' frequent attacks on the Turkish army and more were all born in a vacuum.
Leaving one's children behind in Grozny, going to Moscow and seizing hundreds of people at gunpoint in a theater is not an act born out of some ingrained Chechen hatred for Russians.
The unilateral cease-fire of the Kurds in Turkey is likely to be ended by the Turkish army's continuing violence against the Kurdish population.
iranandworld.com /arch-194.asp   (823 words)

 EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Moscow Hostage Crisis Underscores Risk of Georgia's Chechen Dilemma
The Moscow hostage crisis underscores the danger that Georgia faces in confronting its own Chechen dilemma.
The Moscow hostage-takers, for example, reportedly released a Georgian citizen along with most women and children who were in the theater when the militants stormed the building.
Some Georgian political analysts believed prior to the Moscow hostage incident that Chechens were unlikely to follow through on their threats, citing the fact that thousands of Chechen civilian refugees are now in Georgia.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/insight/articles/eav102402.shtml   (874 words)

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