Magazine article Russian Life

Promises & Prophets: Putin Tries to Mend Fences with Beslan Mothers

Magazine article Russian Life

Promises & Prophets: Putin Tries to Mend Fences with Beslan Mothers

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On September 2, the first anniversary of the terrorists' murderous raid on Beslan, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the "Beslan mothers" to meet with him in the Kremlin. But, according to their traditions, these women should have commemorated this sad day at their children's graves, not in Kremlin.

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For some time, therefore, it was not clear if the mothers would show. But in the end, they sent several representatives to Moscow. After all, they wanted to ask the president some unanswered questions, things they knew no one else would ever dare ask. Journalists were present only during the initial meet-and-greet session. What is known of the meeting with the president is only what has been revealed by the participants.

Chairman of the Beslan Mothers Committee, Susanna Dudiyeva, quoted by Interfax, described the conversation with Putin as "very difficult and tough. The information that the president possesses is incomplete," she said. …

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