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Foreign Hostages Sue Russia

A court in Moscow has opened preliminary hearings in a lawsuit filed by foreign nationals for damages sustained in the hostage siege in a Moscow theatre last October. Nearly 800 people were held hostage by Chechen gunmen for three days – 129 hostages died when special forces pumped sleeping gas into the theatre to knock out the attackers. At the start of the hearing, the Russian Finance Ministry representatives rejected the claim, saying they would not seek an out-of-court settlement. The plaintiffs’ lawyer has promised to take their case to the European Court in Strasbourg if there is no settlement with the Russian authorities. Full Story

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