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Kremlin blamed for theatre deaths

Russia’s leading opposition presidential candidate on Wednesday blamed the Kremlin for the deaths of 130 hostages during Moscow’s 2002 Nord-Ost theatre crisis, saying the Chechens who seized the building had no intention of blowing it up. Forty Chechens took control of Moscow’s Dubrovka theatre in October 2002, and held 900 people hostage for more than three days until it was stormed. In an open letter in the Russian media, Irina Khakamada, a leader of the liberal democratic SPS party, said the authorities did not want to negotiate. She also said Alexander Voloshin, former head of the presidential administration, told her not to interfere. Full Story

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