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2006-09-03 08:28:47

By Alexander Natruskin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Sunday broke up a human rights campaigners' rally calling on President Vladimir Putin to tell the whole truth about the deaths of more than 300 hostages in the Beslan school siege two years ago. On September 1, 2004 pro-Chechnya rebels seized more than 1,000 children and parents attending a ceremony to mark the start of the school year. Two days later, 333 hostages, more than half of them children, died in a chaotic storming...

2006-05-18 08:56:19

By Oliver Bullough VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (Reuters) - Former Beslan hostages relived their ordeal on Thursday as Judge Tamerlan Aguzarov recounted tale after tale of almost unimaginable horror. As he summed up the trial of the last surviving member of the group of militants who seized 1,300 hostages in Beslan two years ago, survivors and relatives of the 331 victims, more than half of them children, stared straight ahead with glazed eyes. His accounts of the three days of fear that the...

2006-05-16 07:51:58

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian judge declared on Tuesday that the only surviving member of a group responsible for the Beslan school raid that killed 331 people had committed an act of terrorism. Judge Tamerlan Aguzarov will take several days to read his summary of the trial before he formally convicts or acquits Nurpashi Kulayev, although his comments already suggested a guilty verdict was likely. "The court has established the participation of the defendant in...

2006-05-16 05:40:33

(Please read in 3rd paragraph ...The court has established the participation of the defendant... instead of ...The court has established the guilt of the defendant.) By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian judge said on Tuesday the only surviving member of the group that seized a school and 1,300 hostages in the town of Beslan in 2004 had committed an act of terrorism, as he began reading his verdict in the trial. Prosecutors have requested the death penalty for Chechen...

2006-05-16 02:59:01

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian judge said on Tuesday the only surviving member of the group that seized a school and 1,300 hostages in the town of Beslan in 2004 had committed an act of terrorism, as he began reading his verdict in the trial. Prosecutors have requested the death penalty for Chechen Nurpashi Kulayev, born in 1980, although an official moratorium on capital punishment would lead to such a sentence being changed to one of life imprisonment. "The court...

2006-03-16 07:48:35

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Thursday began trying three local policemen for failing to stop the 2004 Beslan school massacre but victims' relatives said they were being made scapegoats for the mistakes of their superiors. The three policemen are the only officials being prosecuted over the bloodbath, which happened after gunmen linked to separatists in Chechnya seized the school. The death toll from the siege was 331 people, half of them children. Prosecutors told the trial...

2006-02-16 09:35:23

By Kazbek Basayev VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian judge retired to consider his verdict on Thursday on the only person to stand trial for the Beslan school siege that killed 300 people, half of them children. Prosecutors have requested the death penalty for Nurpashi Kulayev, who they say is the only surviving hostage-taker of the group that stormed Beslan's school in September 2004 with the intention of killing as many hostages as possible. However, some victims' relatives...

2005-09-03 04:51:31

By Oliver Bullough BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - Residents of Beslan filed silently into the Russian town's shattered school on Saturday, adding flowers to an ever growing pile commemorating the 331 people who died a year ago in the bloody siege. Parents of the dead were subdued about their anger after a meeting on Friday with President Vladimir Putin, who parents say must take the final responsibility for official failings and chaos at the scene. Photographs of the dead, more than...

2005-09-02 08:46:43

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Beslan school siege would be thoroughly investigated to establish whether official incompetence contributed to the deaths of 331 hostages. Speaking to a group of bereaved mothers on the anniversary of the siege, Putin said Russia's security forces, as in other countries, had found it was impossible to offer total protection against terror attacks. "But at the same time, and I want to particularly underline this,...

2005-09-02 04:56:58

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mothers who lost children in the Beslan school siege were to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to ask why, a year on, no one has been punished for the official incompetence they say made the bloodshed worse. The meeting between Putin and members of the outspoken Beslan Mothers' Committee was taking place a year and a day after the start of the three-day hostage crisis that left 331 people -- half of them children -- dead. "We will talk about the need...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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