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The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises: A Critique of Russian Counter-Terrorism (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 26) [Paperback]

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This volume contains by far the most complete reports available in English concerning two major terrorist incidents in Russia: The October 2002 seizure of a Moscow theater at Dubrovka and the September 2004 taking of a large school in Beslan in southern Russia. The issues examined are as follows: * the backgrounds of the Muslim extremists who carried out these acts including the de facto leaders of the terrorist assaults, ethnic Chechen Ruslan Elmurzaev and Ingush Ruslan Khuchbarov; * the failure of Russian law-enforcement to prevent these two incidents, documenting both the massive corruption of the Russian security services and police and the absence of the rule of law; * the storming of the Moscow theater building and of the school at Beslan by Russian police, aided by the military, elucidating the reasons for the very large loss of life in both incidents; * the use by the Russian police of a special gas at Dubrovka and of tanks and flamethrowers at Beslan; * the evident fixation of the Putin leadership with portraying these two assaults as incidents of international Islamic terrorism linked to the Al-Qaeda network; * and the repeated attempts on the part of the Russian authorities at the time of these incidents to weaken the influence of moderate Chechen separatists headed by the late Aslan Maskhadov.



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Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 18, 2006
Publisher   ibidem-Verlag
ISBN  389821608X  
ISBN13  9783898216081  


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Meticulous, dispassionate - essential reading  Mar 24, 2006
The events at School Number 1 in Beslan, in southern Russia, are sometimes described as Russia's 9/11. Beslan and 9/11 were incomparably different. But Beslan was an event of such depravity it must be considered uniquely terrible in its own way. It is difficult to write of the events dispassionately. According to official Russian data, the hostage-taking resulted in the deaths of 330 people between 1 and 3 September 2004, including 317 hostages, of whom 186 were children. The events were heart-breaking. A day of happy optimism when parents and young children were to meet together in a party atmosphere to mark the first day of school, in a tradition that always and everywhere in Russia is the highlight of the school year for Russian children, their parents and teachers, was converted into an unforgettable horror when terrorists took over the school and turned joyful celebration into the worst of nightmares. No fouler atrocity is imaginable.

Professor Dunlop, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, has written a fascinating and scholarly book covering the Beslan events and the earlier hostage crisis at the Dubrovka theatre in Moscow - two of the most memorable episodes in the presidency of Vladimir Putin. Careful to avoid emotional responses to the events, he succeeds, with forensic skill, in producing meticulously objective accounts of both tragedies.
 

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