Relatives of the victims of the terror act in Gurianov Street. Photo: REUTERS/Dima Korotayev

09 September 2020, 11:55

For 21 years, victims of house explosions in Moscow and Southern Russia have no authorities' support

On September 8, Muscovites commemorated the victims of the terror act in Gurianov Street, where a residential building was blown up 21 years ago. September 1999 was notable for a series of terror acts committed in Moscow, Volgodonsk and Buynaksk. For more than 20 years, the victims thereof have been unable to achieve the adoption of a law that would oblige authorities to help them.

In September 1999, four major terror acts were committed in Russia in residential buildings. According to investigators, Chechen militants committed these terror acts.

After the September 1999 terror acts, the martial law was in fact introduced in Moscow – since the Great Patriotic War (World War II), Muscovites did not feel themselves in such danger as in that September; people were afraid to return home and fell asleep with fear of waking up under the rubble, the "" writes.

Many survivors of the explosions still cannot fully recover. Some developed epilepsy, others – insomnia, someone ended up in a mental hospital, someone died a few years later due to shattered nerves and health. For many years those who never found the remains of their dead relatives fought for the truth.

For many years, victims of those terror acts have been striving for the adoption of a law that would define the responsibility of the state for helping terror act victims. On September 1, 2019, at a press conference of the "Beslan Mothers" Committee, victims agreed to unite into the All-Russian Association of Terror Act Victims and to lobby the bill on the status of terror act victims.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 8, 2020 at 08:20 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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