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Moscow Terror Victims Fight Ruling

The lawyer for the victims of the Moscow hostage siege has vowed to take their fight for compensation to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Up to 800 people had to endure a three-day ordeal in a Moscow theatre seized by the Chechen rebels last October. One hundred and twenty-nine died after special forces stormed the building. Dozens of lawsuits for moral damages filed by the survivors and families of the victims have been thrown out by Moscow courts. An appeals court in Moscow has upheld the judges’ decision to throw the cases out, saying the authorities were not obliged to pay moral damages. But the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Igor Trunov, insists that Russia’s anti-terrorist laws hold local authorities responsible for looking after the victims of an act of terror committed on their territory. Full Story

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