Photo: Dmitry Azarov / Kommersant
Plenipotentiary representative of the President in Severo-the Caucasian Federal district Alexander Matovnikov said in an interview with TASS that the security forces started to storm the terrorists captured in 2004 the school in Beslan. During those events, the authorities promised that such a scenario will not be tolerated.
“The assault was going to begin four hours a day on 3 September, but explosions in the gym occurred before,” said Matovnikov, who served more than 30 years in anti-terrorist structures.
In his memoirs, a division of his close friend Serhiy Dyachenko, which was to go to the gym (it was driven most of the hostages — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), was a 40-minute drive from Beslan arrived at the terrorist attack “was underway inside”. “The undermining of mixed us maps, the plan was varied on the go,” added the envoy, who himself was on the scene.
In addition, Matovnikov confirmed that the school is really fired from the tank, but only when the building has not remained hostages.
Against the storming of the school was actively made by the relatives of hostages and local residents. One of them in 2004, quoted by “Kommersant”: “No storm is not valid. Stand wall and SWAT passes. This is not Moscow. Our children no poison will not, and shoot them will not give, let them decide by peaceful means.” A promise that the storm will not, under any circumstances, also gave the then President of North Ossetia — Alania Alexander Dzasokhov, the relevant information contains in materials “Tape.ru” and “Novaya Gazeta”, September 2004.
Despite the fact that the formal head of the operational headquarters on the site of the attack was Dzasokhov, almost immediately, the actual control passed to the then head of the FSB in North Ossetia Valery Andreev. It is the latter gave the FSB special forces the order to storm the school, though before and afterwards he said that “any use of force was not planned”. In the future, at a meeting of the Supreme court of North Ossetia on the case of Nurpashi Kulayev, the only surviving participants of capture of hostages, it was said that “Andreev poured the Dzasokhov”.
As a result of the Beslan terrorist attack killed 334 people, including 186 children. Among the victims were 10 employees tssn FSB, it is the biggest loss in a single operation in the history of Russian special forces.
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