The school siege at Beslan was the bloodiest act of terrorism ever to take place on Russian soil. Yet beyond this horrible truth remain many unanswered questions. There is no agreement on who the terrorists were. How many they numbered? Where they came from? How they got to Beslan? What they wanted? Whether they were all killed or captured? And just how the siege which began on September 1 2004, ended so catastrophically? This Dispatches special uses testimony from eyewitnesses, survivors and security services. This is combined with video and audio archive footage presents the fullest account of what happened at Beslan.
The film examines the background to the events of Beslan. It also looks at the Russian state's reaction to the atrocity and the motivation of the hostage-takers. Beslan School Siege also documents how a small town is coming to terms with the loss of its children.

It's natural for human beings to seek out the reasons behind even the most senseless and horrific of crimes. Ten years have passed since the Beslan terrorist attack, in which 334 people, the majority schoolchildren, were killed. Now, the RT Documentary team travels to a prison in the Arctic Circle to talk to the only terrorist still alive. Has Nurphashi Kulayev come to regret his actions while serving his sentence? What does he tell himself about his role in this atrocious act of cruelty? The film crew brings with them letters from the families of his victims. But will he read them?

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