The applicants in the first application were represented before the Court by Ms K. Moskalenko and Ms O. Mikhaylova, lawyers practising in Moscow. The applicants in the second application were represented before the Court by Mr Trunov and Ms Ayvar, lawyers practising in Moscow.
The two groups of applicants, totalling 64 individuals, were either victims or relatives of victims of the hostage crisis at a theatre in Moscow on 23 – 26 October 2002 (the ‘Nord-Ost theatre siege’). On 23 October 2002, a group of Chechen separatists took more than 900 people in the theatre hostage. On 26 October 2002, the Russian security forces pumped an unknown narcotic gas into the auditorium and proceeded to storm the building, killing most of the terrorists and releasing the majority of the hostages.
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