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Karinna Moskalenko
, 25 1999

Karinna Moskalenko: “Besides the European Court, we do not have anything else we can count on”

   Rosa Malsagova / RFIKarinna Moskalenko, the attorney representing the ‘Nord-Ost’ victims at the European Court of Human Rights, talks about the case’s progress in Strasbourg, which has become became her clients’ lasthope.

October 24th marks the 9years from the date of the seizure of hostages in the theater on Dubrovka in Moscow. 912people had come to see the musical ‘Nord-Ost’, and on October 26th, 2002, during the assault 130of them were killed, according to official figures. Theinvestigation into the terrorist attack was called off in 2007, but reopened again thisyear.

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Nord-Ost A unfinished play for 130people
, 21 2011

Written by Zviad Mchedlishvili
Friday, October 21st, 2011

‘Nord-Ost’ an unfinished play for one hundred and thirty people. Ithas been nine years since the tragedy at Dubrovka. Whohad something to gain from the terrorist attack? Wasit possible to avoid an assault? Whydid the Russian authorities not let the terrorists release hostages? Morequestions than answers.

Musa Taipov, Anzor Maskhadov, Maxim Shevchenko, and Svetlana Gubareva on ‘Pulse of the Caucasus’ (Russian only)

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9years of 'Nord-Ost', memory of the victims
, 24 2011
ImageIt has been 9years since terrorists seized hostages in the Moscow theatrical center on Dubrovka. TheRussian authorities are indifferent to the memory of the victims of terrorist attacks, says Svetlana Gubareva, a former hostage who lost in that terrorist attack her daughter and fiancé. OnOctober 23rd, 2002, during the musical ‘Nord-Ost’, a group of Chechen rebels led by Movsar Barayev seized more than 900people. Theterrorists 32men and 18women held them hostage for three days. OnOctober 26th, Russian commandos stormed the theatrical center and destroyed the terrorists. 130hostages died as a result of the use of a secret gas. Former hostage Svetlana Gubareva, now a member of the coordinating council of of the ‘Nord-Ost’ regional public organization, lost her daughter and fiancé in the theatrical center on Dubrovka.

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Dmitry Milovidov on Dozhd TV
, 25 2011

(Original title: ‘Nord-Ost’: Why the authorities are afraid of revealing the truth)

MODERATORS: TATIANA ARNO, DMITRY KAZNIN

GUEST: DMITRY MILOVIDOV

Dmitry Milovidov, a member of the coordinating council of ‘Nord-Ost’, spoke about what has changed in the 9years since the seizure of the theatrical center on Dubrovka. Hisdaughters were taken hostage, and one of them perished during the storming of the building.

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, 21 2011
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Nord-Ost through the eyes of the Ukrainian hostages
, 19 2011

ImageIn anticipation of the anniversary of the hostage crisis in Moscow theatrical center, we are presenting you a broadcast from ‘Ukraina’ television:

‘Nord-Ost’, 8years on. Through the eyes of the Ukrainian hostages

Odessa resident Elena Burban was walking around Moscow, and on the spur of the moment bought 2tickets to the sensational musical ‘Nord-Ost’. Theevening of October 23rd was a special one. Itwas a small anniversary: ​​three months since their wedding. Itwas nothing but fate, and the girl and her husband ended up taken hostage by Chechen terrorists. Three days under siege, three days of uncertainty, three days that lasted for an eternity. Shereturned home to Odessa from Moscow awidow.

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In heaven there are a thousand blankpages
, 06 2011

Anna Politkovskaya’s loved ones remember her

“The language has become smaller by one, diminishing us. Nowyour words, like the feathers of dead birds, are in dictionaries. Inheaven there are a thousand blank pages, pages you never finished “ It is almost as if Joseph Brodsky were not eulogizing W.H.Auden, but Anya.

How many years have we been without Anna Politkovskaya 2, 3, 4, 5? Yes, five years already. Still, strange as it sounds, in the early years it seemed easier than it is now. Backthen, along with the pain, many still clenched their fists and were still courageous. Butthen there was the trial, and as the Politkovskaya family lawyers so vividly expressed it, the court took up the “torso” of the crime, but not the “head” that is, whomever it was who ordered her murdered, nor the “arms and legs” those who committed the crime were not in the dock, either. Thatwas then, while now on this day, the fifth anniversary of her murder; it is simply torture to talk about the investigation. There has certainly been progress, however one suspect is in jail, and the organizer of the murder has been established, but whoever ordered her murder, and paid for it, they are still being sought.

Perhaps it would be better to talk about this on another day, but not today.

Three years ago, Anna would have been 50. Onthat anniversary we categorically refused to discuss the investigation. Themotivation for our unwillingness was quite different back then. Wesaid: “There will be other days for that, there will trials, and the tragic date October 7th. Today we are not talking about murder, but Anya’s birthday, and on this date only those closest to her will talk about her they talk as if gathered around the table, remembering their favorite stories, tall tales, and funny episodes. Theytalk about a living Anya who simple turned invisible. Butshe is nearby.” (From ‘Novaya Gazeta’, #63, August 28th, 2008, “Anya is nearby. Afamily history in the stories of her mother, daughter, and sister.”)

Today is that tragic date: October 7th. Ithas been FIVE years since the day of her death, and today we will only talk to you about those close to her, and with them we will only talk about her.

Anna Politkovskaya's son, Ilya Politkovsky:

- Ilya, Iknow your mother’s colleagues from around the world have been tormenting you, and it is probably difficult for you even to remember how many times you have been asked to give interviews and commentary.

“It’s impossible to estimate or even imagine Sometimes Ispend the whole day giving interviews, non-stop. Thedemand increases especially around this date. Idon’t hide, Ianswer every question, and Ihave to, because otherwise discussion of the crime would have never gone anywhere, so for me it is an integral part of life.”

Have you dreamed of your mother during these fiveyears?

“I often dream about Mom, but Ican’t talk about it, and not because Idon’t want to, it’s just because my brain is so arranged that Idon’t remember my dreams. Sorry”

- What do you remember most about her?

“She said that because of the horrors she’d seen during her reporting, her outlook on life had changed dramatically. I’m also reexamining some of my values and worldviews. I’ve re-read a lot of what she’d written, and now Iagree that she did everything correctly, as a professional, and as a human being, but this wasn’t supposed to be my mom”

Mother should not have taken such risks?

“As a son Icould never agree that my mother should be in such a place, but let’s talk about something easier Youknow, Ioften still think about what a happy and warm a person my mom was, and how gently she would poke fun at my much too active interest in the opposite sex.”

- Yes, Iremember that, too. Oneday she was telling me a very funny story about your active interest and ‘victims’ when the phone rang. Doyou remember how we had to share a phone? Ourdesks were right up against each other, and that time Ipicked up the phone and your mother hears me say, Politkovskaya? Yes, hold on. What? What’s my name? Andwe both just started laughing.

“Yes, and she scolded me in much a funny way ‘How are you not ashamed? Paceyourself!’ At the same time Ifelt that she was absolutely certain that Iwould get through this stage, that it all just youthful energy. Ithink right now my mother is happy for me. I’ve found my love, and in my heart I’m sure that she would have liked this girl.”

Anna Politkovskaya’s mother, Raisa Alexandrovna Mazepa:

She refuses to see reporters. Shedoes not wish to talk to anyone about it. Sheis going through a roughtime.

There was one exception Raisa Alexandrovna agreed to meet with me back when Iwas preparing an article on Anya’s 50th jubilee. Wedrank ‘12 Herbs Tea’ and talked, perhaps, for around five hours straight. Certainly not everything made it into print. Today Raisa Alexandrovna had Ilya tell me that she has already said everything she was able back to back then and could add nothing, and that Icould do whatever Iwished with the recording of our conversation. Shewould never talk to another journalist.

So here once again Ihear her voice on my Dictaphone, surprisingly young and ringing, and Iremembered how she had less gray in her hair than Anya. WhenI said this out loud, in reply she immediately begins talking about her husband: “he did not have a single gray hair when he was buried. Henever had to go to the dentist until shortly before he died. Whenour girls were grown up, they always joked that they thought all men were as ideal as Dad. Hedidn’t drink or smoke. Heput his heart and soul into raising the children, and later the grandchildren.”

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