- Title: RUSSIA: TWO NEW SCHOOLS REPLACE ONE DESTROYED IN BESLAN SIEGE.
- Date: 18th August 2005
- Summary: (BN12) BESLAN, NORTH OSSETIA, RUSSIA (AUGUST 17, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. NEW SCHOOL IN BESLAN BUILT TO REPLACE THE ONE DESTROYED IN THE BESLAN HOSTAGE SIEGE 2. CHILDREN AND RELATIVES IN FRONT OF NEW SCHOOL BUILDING 3. TWO WOMEN TALKING TO NORTH OSSETIA'S NEW LEADER TEIMURAZ MAMSUROV AND CRYING 4. TEACHERS STANDING IN THE CORRIDOR OF NEW SCHOOL/ ONE OF THEM WITH CRUTCHES 5. NEW CLASSROOMS 6. MOSCOW MAYOR YURI LUZHKOV HANDING OVER SYMBOLIC KEYS TO NEW SCHOOLS TO HEADMISTRESSES 7. OLD SCHOOL DESTROYED IN BESLAN SIEGE DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND TOYS, PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOL Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BESLAN, NORTH OSSETIA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVAC661H6H9RUR00GFDXVZ4X8NID
- Story Text: Two new schools replace the one destroyed nearly a
year ago in the Beslan siege.
Two new schools were completed in Beslan on
Wednesday (August 17) to replace the building destroyed in
last year's siege, which resulted in 330 deaths.
Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov travelled to Ossetia in the
south of the country to hand over ceremonial keys for the
two new schools to their head teachers.
The schools are due to open at the beginning of
September for the new academic term, a year after the
hostage crises on September 3.
Rebels backing the Chechen cause took over the school
and exploded a bomb in the gym hall where they were holding
the staff and pupils hostage.
More than half the dead were children.
Luzhkov was accompanied by Teimiraz Mamsurov, North
Ossetia's new leader. The schools were built in just seven
months and both will house 1200 pupils.
But only a month ago, one of them schools was
ransacked, allegedly by local criminals, who worked on the
construction site. They stole computer equipment worth more
than 150,000 rubles ($5,300).
Almost a year after the tragedy, the old school No. 1
has been left untouched. The sports hall's blackened
rafters still stand open to the sky and flowers and
memorial notices dot the floor where more than 1,000
hostages sat for three days.
Almost all the rebels, demanding the end of the
ten-year Chechen war and the withdrawal of Russian troops
from the region who seized the school, died in the
bloodbath that followed a botched attempt to free the
Prosecutors have charged one surviving Chechen with
terrorism and murder. He is on trial in the town of
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