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A Rise in Dubrovka Deaths Is Denied

City Hall denied Tuesday that as many as 40 former hostages have died since the October hostage raid at the Dubrovka theater. The claim was made by lawyer Igor Trunov, who has filed a total of 61 lawsuits seeking moral damages from the Moscow city government on behalf of more than 100 survivors and relatives of victims. Twenty of the suits were rejected by a district court Tuesday. The first deputy head of the city health committee, Sergei Polyakov, disputed Trunov’s claim. “The committee has not registered new deaths among the former hostages,” he told Interfax on Tuesday, adding that “former hostages are being monitored by the city’s medical institutions.” But Trunov reasserted his claim Tuesday. “Forty survivors have died in the half a year since the raid and about 80 percent of the others suffer from different illnesses, which I link to their exposure to that undisclosed gas,” Trunov said by telephone. Full Story

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