The Russian Theater Raid

American VoicesWorld ISSUE 38•41 Nov 6, 2002

During a hostage rescue, Russian authorities pumped gas into a Moscow theater, killing 116 of the 800-plus captives. What do you think of the controversial move?

  • “Now that the siege is over, the surviving hostages can get back to watching Nord-Ost. I think they left off at the part where Vasily was about to propose to Svetlana.”

    Reggie Simms –
    Systems
    Analyst

  • “I trust that the Russians handled this correctly. No doubt we'll soon learn that every gas victim was actually a Chechen collaborator. Yes. This is what we will find.”

    Oleg Yashin –
    Russian Official

  • “Just answer this: Were the captors terrorists? Okay, what about the people who killed the hostages, were they terrorists? How about the victims?”

    Oscar Riggins –
    Delivery Driver

  • “This is the worst thing ever to happen in Russia.”

    Meredith Dietz –
    Teacher

  • “All I can say is, somebody had better answer to the United States about this.”

    Gordon Lenox –
    Roofer