BESLAN SCHOOL RAID: COURT FOUND RUSSIA “GUILTY’’




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-14.04.2017 The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Russia over its failure to protect hundreds of people who died in Beslan School Raid in 2004.

It has been asserted that Russian intelligence services had "specific information of a planned terrorist attack in the area, linked to an educational institution".Moreover, there were "serious shortcomings" in the security operation to end the siege. The court argued that the usage of tanks, grenade launchers and flame-throwers to break the hostage situation "contributed to the casualties among the hostages" and was not justified in the circumstances.

Kremlin described court's final decision as "unacceptable" and a spokesman said Russia could not agree with its ruling.

The Beslan school siege began when 30 separatist Chechen gunmen took more than 1,100 hostages in September 2004. Russian special forces stormed the building in a blaze of gunfire after 52 hours, the hail of bullets, explosions, and fire. 334 people, including more than 180 children died in the unfortunate event.