It’s victims themselves of the various terrorists acts who organized the unofficial meeting acting through their public organizations Voice of Beslan, Nord-Ost, and Volga-Don. The relatives of those killed in two exploded planes in 2004 sent their address too.
Spokesperson for Nord-Ost Tatyana Karpova said in her addressing the meeting they had phoned assistant deputy Moscow Mayor Rudnev with a question if Moscow, who is celebrating its 860th anniversary these days, would remember the killed in Beslan hostages. The answer was that there were two days remaining before 3rd of September and that they would make up something.
The meeting was attended by about 300 people, maybe even less. There were no political flags or propaganda speeches. Nikita Belykh and Garry Kasparov stood in a small crowd all two hours of the meeting. As for leaders of the political parties claiming for seats in the State Duma, they were in Beslan on that day. Boris Gryzlov appeared in the committee named the Mothers of Beslan while Sergey Mironov came to the administration office of Pravoberezhny district (in Ossetia).
At the modest meeting people were standing facing a huge placard with the photos of all killed in the Beslan’s school children and adults. Lying near the placard there were several carnations, soft toys and thin brochures with a laconic title “Beslan’s Truth”, also theses of the Yuri Savelyev’s report.
Representatives of the Voice of Beslan Svetlana Margoeva and Emily Bzarova began their addressing by saying that all three days they spent in the captured school with their children waiting for rescue to come. The rescue didn’t come but there was an assault as a result of which their children were killed. Now the mothers are seeking that the truth about Beslan be recognized by the power and society.
Only one man of those who didn’t lose his relatives in the terrorist acts in Russia made an address at the meeting. This man knows almost all the hostages of Beslan, killed and survived, by name. This man’s name is Yuri Savelyev. He is the member of federal parliament commission. His address featured exact figures, detailed chronology of the three days and bitter conclusions. Muscovites, who came to the meeting, listened very attentively.
And I remembered last year when members of the same mentioned commission Alexander Torshin and Arkady Baskaev refused to be on air together with Savelyev. They came there only after being promised he wouldn’t come. They criticized severely and long the Savelyev’s report beginning with “I haven’t read the report but…”.
Time passes. It has been three years since Beslan and one year since Yuri Savelyev presented the report of his investigation of the circumstances of the assault and hostages‘deaths. In spite of attacks by his former colleagues in the parliament commission, no one has been able to disprove Savelyev’s conclusions. And no one of those furious “critics” dared to do such a thing as to come to the memorial meeting.