Reforming Power Structures: Russian Counter-Terrorism Response to Beslan

  • Serguei Cheloukhine
  • A. Lieberman

On the morning of September 1, 2004, over one thousand hostages, primarily children enrolled at the school and their family members, were taken at a local school in a small Russian town in the Republic of North Ossetia. The Beslan attack was conducted by a group of approximately thirty terrorists that had arrived from a neighboring village, Psedah – located in the Republic of Ingushetia. Official reports attribute infamous Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev1 with being the mastermind responsible for the Beslan attack. Basayev was killed in 2006, reportedly by Russian Special Forces; however, Chechen rebels assert that Basayev was killed by a mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LawPolice Science and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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