>> Beslan, an atrocity that left more than 330 dead, at least 180 of them children. Now the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia contributed to those deaths in 2004 when its troops stormed a school in southern Russia that had been seized by Islamist militants. As they tried to free more than 1,000 hostages held inside school number one, Russian authorities did not respect their right to life, the Strasbourg court ruled.
Security forces used tank cannons, grenade launchers and flamethrowers, thereby contributing to the casualties and failing to restrict lethal force to what was absolutely necessary, it said. And Moscow had taken too few security measures to prevent such an attack. A further 750 people were wounded at Beslan.>>
> On April 3rd a suicide bomber killed himself and 13 other people on the St Petersburg metro.
>> Militants demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya, seizing some 1,100 children, parents and teachers as they celebrated the first day of the school year in September 2004.
e siege ended in explosions and a bloody shoot out as Russian forces moved in. The Beslan victims' families saying the 3 million Euros Russia was ordered to pay in damages was too little, judging the ruling a partial victory.
From now on, their focus on holding Russian officials to account over their failings.>> The Kremlin though vowing to appeal the verdict, and calling it unacceptable in a country so often prey to such attacks.>>