Moscow Theater Siege Victims Make Landmark Claim
Tue Dec 3,12:50 PM ET
By Maria Golovnina 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hostages and relatives of those who died during Russia's storming of a theater held by Chechen rebels made Russian legal history by seeking compensation in court Tuesday. 

In a country where any damage awards are rare and usually run to only a few thousand dollars, the eight claimants sought $7.5 million compensation for the hostage-taking and the gassing by special forces that ended the siege. 

The case is widely expected to set the precedent for similar claims in the future....

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Should the families of the victims of the Moscow theater incident be awarded the millions of dollars they are seeking?
Moscow Theater Siege Victims Make Landmark Claim

Tue Dec 3,12:50 PM ET

By Maria Golovnina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hostages and relatives of those who died during Russia`s storming of a theater held by Chechen rebels made Russian legal history by seeking compensation in court Tuesday.

In a country where any damage awards are rare and usually run to only a few thousand dollars, the eight claimants sought $7.5 million compensation for the hostage-taking and the gassing by special forces that ended the siege.

The case is widely expected to set the precedent for similar claims in the future....

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19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:27:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
If it was the governments screw up, then yes they should be sued.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:28:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
What Vixen said..
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/12/03 - 5:44:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Unfortunately, thats not the way it works in Russia. People can't just get money like that by suing.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 3:59:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm with Vixen. The government screwed up, there should be some degree of compensation. The problem is, how do you put a value on a human life?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 4:54:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
If the country was not in such a state already I would say go for it but you achieve nothing for the good of the people by taking much needed cash out of government funds- in cases where the individuals or families will loose out in terms of the main bread winner being out of action then they should be supported but personally I would want the people who made the decision to use gas to be ounished- nothing is going to repair the damage done.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 6:06:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely they should be awarded that money, except it should come from the Chechen rebels.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 10:58:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh my god, this was one of the worst things I'd heard about in a while when I first saw it on the news...Yes, I think the government should pay up, issue a public apology and acknowledgement of flagrant disregard for human welfare, and get rid of every person that caused it to happen...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 11:21:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
My understanding of it was that it was a miscalculation, no a flagrant disregard. The gas used was not supposed to be fatal, but they miscalculated the effect that fatigue, hunger, and thirst would have. They screwed the pooch on that one to be sure, but I don't think they expected the tremedous loss of life and went along with it anyway.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 11:24:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't think that it was expected...but the miscalculation, in my opinion, is unforgivable... When options like that are going to be used, one can never be too careful. This case is a perfect example of what happens when those responsible for another's safety get careless.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 11:35:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I can understand that position. I'm just inclined to place the blame on the criminals for the results of the crime unless there is some malicious disregard on the part of the police. Like a police car getting into an accident while on a high speed chase. Unless they were purposely being reckless, I'd place the blame on the criminal, because they forced the police and the civilians into that situation.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 12:13:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Culann is right. How about they quit their bltching. How about you quit your bltching. Why don't you stop wasting your time arguing about it, unless you're going to do something about it. If the families really cared, they would use the 7.5 mil to kill the terrorists. Do you really think the Russians meant to kill the hostages? I mean, I know they are RUSSIANS, but come on. What will 7.5 million do to help anything? How about all of the starving childeren in Russia sue these non-nice individuals for stealing 7.5 mil from the government, when it could have bought them all a can of soup or something? There is nothing worse then people who bltch about stuff like this. Seriously. If the government purposely meant to kill somebody, then I'd understand. The Chechens are the terrorists, remember? They should be used to it anyway, its RUSSIA.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/15/03 - 5:10:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, fake, that's a pretty mature reaction. Thanks so much for putting me in my place. I don't know how I made it this far in life without your benign, sensible influence to guide me.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 2/19/03 - 5:41:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
what was the mistake----if anything else was done the terrorists would have detonated themselves and killed everyone. Would the claimants have prefered that?
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 2/19/03 - 8:59:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
huh would they?



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