Mothers of the Beslan school siege victims will meet the Russian president today in a bid to find out more about the investigation into the tragedy.
The sound of wailing marked yesterday’s first anniversary of the massacre which ended with the deaths of 331 people. Their grief was fuelled by anger over how authorities handled the drama. One member of the Beslan Mothers’ committee said that if any of them has to go abroad to get justice, then they would. “It is impossible to get justice here, especially when the head of state is guilty of whht happened,” she added. The Beslan Mothers’ committee has also complained over the timing of the meeting in Moscow, as today is a day of mourning for them. President Putin has refused to be drawn on allegations the Kremlin bungled the rescue operation. Yesterday at a remembrance service he said: “Everyone who knows about this catastrophe, all those who have a heart, remember the nightmare. “Let us remember the children and all those who suffered at the hands of the terrorists.” However his words are not likely to quell the growing support for the Beslan Mothers. Many families of the victims accuse authorities of trying to cover-up what happened during the rescue operation rather than carry out an objective investigation.