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Moscow theatre siege claims rejected

A Moscow court has rejected the compensation claims of six people who were held hostage when Chechen separatists seized a theatre in the city last year. Lawyer Igor Trunov, who is representing all the plaintiffs, said after the decision that he now expected the remaining cases to be thrown out. Sixty-one former hostages had been seeking damages totalling $60m from Moscow city council. The siege ended after three days when all the hostage-takers were killed during an operation by Russian special forces. The storming of the theatre led to the deaths of 129 of the 800 hostages, who had gone to the theatre to see the hit Russian musical North-East. Full Story

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