Russian court on Friday sentenced a terrorist who participated in the siege of a public school in 2004 to life imprisonment, pointedly sparing the man execution only because of a moratorium on capital punishment in Russia. The convicted man, Nurpashi Kulayev, a young Chechen carpenter, was caught during a final battle at School No. 1 in Beslan, in North Ossetia, near the Chechnya border. The 331 civilians and Russian servicemen who died in the siege included 186 children. Full Story
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