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INSTRUCTIONS to strengthen school security were ignored by police in the weeks before the Beslan school massacre, the head of a Russian parliamentary commission investigating last year's siege said yesterday.
RELATIVES of Beslan school siege victims reacted angrily today as Russian prosecutors refused to blame security forces for the deaths of 331 hostages during a police raid.
CHECHEN warlord Shamil Basayev yesterday claimed responsibility for last week's attack on the Russian city of Nalchik which left more than 100 dead.
THE children of Beslan started a new school year yesterday as Russia launched a fresh investigation into the conduct of the security forces during last September's bloody siege. Beslan's School Number One remains a burnt-out ruin so, amid tight security, former pupils reported for classes at two newly built schools.
THE grief-stricken people of Beslan held a moment of silence yesterday at the school where hundreds of their relatives and neighbours - more than half of them children - died when the terror siege in the southern Russian town ended in explosions and gunfire one year ago.
VLADIMIR Putin received a slap in the face from the residents of Beslan yesterday as they marked the anniversary of the school massacre by demanding asylum abroad.
HUNDREDS of mourners carrying red carnations and roses filed into the gutted gymnasium of Beslan's School No. 1 today, gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the hostage tragedy that claimed 331 lives.
THERE are few children who play outside in the sunny streets of Beslan nowadays. Those who dare to venture out of the sight and tight grip of their parents don't do so for long. And they certainly don't laugh as they used to.
THE little girl refused to talk. Aged nine, she had not only survived the exploding inferno that was Beslan High School last September, but saved the life of her six-year-old sister too.
BESLAN mother Oxana Archegova is dreading this week's return to school for her children. For most Russians, this day is one of celebration, but for mothers like Oxana it brings back terrible memories.
COMEDIAN Fred MacAulay is set to help raise money for survivors of the Beslan school massacre.
TOP comedians are set to stage a special fund-raising show in Scotland for the victims of the Beslan school massacre.
RUSSIAN authorities are investigating whether the fire that engulfed Beslan High School last year, where more than 300 children perished, was started accidentally by the army.
'THERE WAS a din like the clinking of two crystal glasses," recalls Larisa Kudzieva. "And I thought, 'How easy it is to die.' It turned out to be very easy."
MILITANTS who carried out last September's school hostage-taking in Beslan also planned to detonate powerful car bombs in other cities in southern Russia, one of the suspected terrorists told a court in North Ossetia yesterday.
THE sole defendant in the trial over last September's deadly school hostage seizure in Beslan pleaded innocent, yesterday, in an emotional session that saw angry relatives hurling themselves at court bailiffs in frustration over the slow pace of the proceedings.
DISTRAUGHT relatives of the 330 people killed in the Beslan hostage crisis shouted down a Russian judge yesterday, forcing him to halt the trial of the only militant to survive the hostage-taking.
RUSSIAN authorities killed five people suspected of aiding September’s Beslan school hostage-taking and arrested four other suspects during a raid.