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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Rules on Beslan Investigation

A Vladikavkaz court has ruled that regional prosecutors acted illegally when they refused to open a criminal investigation into the conduct of officials in charge of coordinating the response to the Beslan hostage crisis.

Relatives of some of those who died in the 2004 Beslan school seizure along with former hostages had asked prosecutors to investigate the officials in charge of the response, but prosecutors refused.

The officials include Valery Andreyev, then head of the North Ossetian branch of the Federal Security Service, and Alexander Tikhonov, head of the FSB's Center for Special Operations.

The ruling was issued April 3, according to a copy of the ruling posted on the Beslan Mothers web site on April 19.

Nurpashi Kulayev, the only terrorist who officials say has survived, was given a life sentence last year.