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Artist or CreatorDave Brown
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Published byThe Independent
Date29 Oct 2002
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Person DepictedBush; George Walker (1946-)
Putin; Vladimir (1952-)
NotesNews: 29 Oct: Russians observed a national day of mourning for the dead hostages of the Moscow theatre siege yesterday, with white, red and blue Russian flags flying at half mast or draped with black ribbons. Under the torn sign for Nord-Ost, the musical that nearly 800 people were enjoying at the concrete Soviet era House of Culture when Chechen rebels took them hostage, thousands of grieving Muscovites laid flowers and teddy bears. Others attended memorial services, lit candles, or simply stood outside the theatre in the cold and wept. In the days since the three-day siege ended, relief has turned to bewilderment, and then to anger, as the stunned nation counts the growing and mostly self -inflicted cost of storming the theatre. Many people expressed sympathy with President Vladimir Putin's decision to send in crack troops to storm the building. But after presenting the dawn attack as a triumph in which almost all the hostages were saved, the Russian authorities are now suffering a backlash. The official death toll of hostage victims from the gas used to knock out the hostage takers was still at 117. But another 45 former hostages are in a critical state and many have yet to regain consciousness. Doctors say they have not yet been told which gas was used. The gas may have been an opiate, a chemical related to morphine, US Defence Department officials said. [The Independent]
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