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Russia’s colluders

The Beslan school crisis and the Moscow theatre siege took place with the knowledge and possibly even the assistance of Russian authorities

By Jeremy Putley   July 2006

The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises: A Critique of Russian Counter-Terrorism by John B Dunlop (ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart, €24.90)

John Dunlop’s book covers the September 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis in southern Russia and the October 2002 Dubrovka theatre siege in Moscow, giving objective yet controversial accounts of both tragedies. While the chief responsibility obviously remains that of the terrorists, the book amounts to a severe indictment of the conduct and morality of the Russian authorities.

According to official Russian data, the Beslan crisis resulted in the deaths of 330 people between 1st and 3rd September 2004, including 317…

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