The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russian authorities failed to take necessary action to prevent the terrorist siege of a primary school in Beslan in 2004, in which 330 people (mostly young children) perished. The Court has also found that Russia’s use of “powerful weapons such as tank cannon, grenade launchers and flame-throwers” contributed to the high number of casualties, but was unable to rule on whether the use of force by Russian security officers was justified. In its ruling, the Court was highly critical of Russia’s investigative authorities, pointing to the fact that no Russian official has been held responsible for the high number of deaths that resulted from the botched rescue operation.
Global Diligence LLP’s partner Alexandre Prezanti assisted Steven Kay QC of 9 Bedford Row Barristers Chambers to file the application before the European Court on behalf of the victims.
See ruling here.
See BBC report on the ruling here.