Rice, Holly

The Beslan School Hostage Crisis was a tragic event that took place in Russia on the first day of September in 2004. It was known as “The Day of Knowledge,” or the first day of school and many students, teachers and parents were present in schools all around Russia. A group of Islamic terrorists, the Riyadus-Salikhin Battalion, took over a school known as School Number One (SNO) taking over 1,100 people hostage; 777 of them were children. The terrorists’ leader Shamil Basayev launched the takeover with the demands of independence and withdrawal of Russian influence of Chechnya. The hostages were held within the school for three days of which they were killed, tortured, and raped. On the third day, Russian military forces were able to reclaim the school but it was not without many explosions, bombings, and shootings. By the end of the terror attack, 334 of the hostages had died.

After the Beslan School Hostage Crisis, Russian cities increased their security measures. Officials went on a “terrorist hunt” and detained 10,000 people without proper documentation.  Fear of terror caused a demand for a stronger government, and it was this demand that pushed Vladimir Putin to sign a law that would give the Russian President power to approve or disapprove the elected legislative bodies. Fear of terrorism spread throughout the Russian citizens. One man beating another for having a Checan cities, and many people supported the idea of banning anyone from Chechnya from immigrating to Russia. Today, what used to be known as “The Day of Knowledge” is now marred by this tragic event and every year on September 1 a memorial service takes place as a reminder of those who died during this awful event.


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