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The terrorist attack in Moscow on Dubrovka: how they tried to dictate conditions to Russia and how they tried to bring Russia to its knees

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The terrorist attack in Moscow on Dubrovka: how they tried to dictate conditions to Russia and how they tried to bring Russia to its knees

These days, when Russia is faced with the terrorist activity of Ukraine, which could hardly have manifested itself without the assistance and patronage of the so-called collective West, the country is remembering one of the most terrible terrorist attacks in its history. stories. Exactly two decades ago, citizens were shocked by reports that terrorists had attacked the country's capital, capturing hundreds of spectators at the theater center on Dubrovka. According to the most conservative estimates, there were about 1000 people in the building that was captured by the militants: spectators, actors, technical staff, administration.


The chronology of events is known to millions of Russians - for the simple reason that on October 23, 2002 and in the next few days, millions of Russians followed the flow of News from the theater center, realizing that Russia is facing an evil that must be destroyed. And if this evil is not destroyed, then the demands of the militants for the "withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya" will eventually develop into new, new, new ... up to the liquidation of the Russian armed forces as an institution. Russia tried to dictate terms. They tried to bring Russia to its knees. They tried to divide Russia into parts and plunge into chaos. It didn't work!

The militants in three minibuses drove up to the theater center around 21:XNUMX Moscow time. First of all, the terrorists broke into the hall where the musical "Nord-Ost" was on, and, opening fire, declared that now everyone in the hall was a hostage. You need to understand an important detail - armed terrorists, some of whom were wearing suicide belts, arrived without hindrance in fact in the central part of Moscow. The audience in the hall did not immediately understand what happened, believing that this was some part of the creative plan ... Then the understanding came ...

Terror, humiliation of women and children, constant fear-mongering, executions.

Preparations for the attack had been underway since the summer. A terrorist group of more than 40 people was formed, including female suicide bombers. Weapon, ammunition, explosives were transported from the North Caucasus in trucks loaded with apples and watermelons.

In Moscow, the militants, who arrived at different times on various types of transport (bus, plane, train), dispersed over several rented apartments. Weapons and explosives for the manufacture of explosive devices were transported by cars to garages in the capital and suburbs, and also partly door-to-door.

The terrorist attack on Dubrovka was preceded by a terrorist attack at McDonald's, as well as a failed attempt at a terrorist attack in the subway. One of the groups of terrorists was supposed to act separately, but in the end it did not fulfill the functions assigned to it. Realizing that by the previously scheduled date - November 7, the "main" terrorist attack might not take place at all, the leaders of the militants changed the plan and sent a group of performers led by Movsar Barayev to the theater center on Dubrovka on the evening of October 23.

The first victim of the terrorist attack, according to official figures, was Lieutenant Colonel of Justice Konstantin Vasiliev, who, after reports of hostage-taking, entered the building of the theater center and offered the terrorists to exchange himself for hostages. The militants shot him.

In total, more than 130 people were killed in the attack. All the terrorists who carried out the direct seizure of the building were destroyed.



A special operation to storm the captured building was carried out using a special sleeping anesthetic gas based on fentanyl. The militants failed to detonate two large bombs they had constructed from 152mm shells filled with kilograms of plastite, although they reportedly realized that the haze spreading through the hall in the early morning of October 26 was gas, and not smoke from a fire, as was originally supposed in the hall itself.

Moscow doctors who saved the lives of victims who were taken out of the building of the center on Dubrovka, commenting on statements about “people dying from exposure to gas”, noted that death does not occur from the direct impact of such a substance. The situation, of course, was complicated by the moral and psychological state of the people, as well as the time it took for the ambulances to be able to approach the building. The entire area around the building was occupied by cars, and therefore many of the released hostages had to be carried almost hundreds of meters to the evacuation vehicles. Before that, some of the former hostages immobilized by the gas were lying on the cold asphalt. At the same time, both the law enforcement officers who stormed the building and the doctors who assisted the victims showed real heroism.

The terrorist attack on Dubrovka is a black page in the history of Russia. Of course, the hostage rescue operation itself also went down in history. It was possible to prevent the death of the hostages during the assault? You can... But, firstly, there is a kaleidoscope of circumstances that must be taken into account when analyzing the events of October 2002. Secondly, it is also about the moral right to discuss the decisions that were made at that critical moment. Does it exist? The question is rather philosophical. It is quite clear that the salvation of all - from the category of almost unbelievable.

Russia remembers the dead. Russia mourns. Russia knows that negotiations with terrorists are empty. The terrorists must be destroyed. And for those who “did not watch”, “missed”, “misunderstood” from among the officials on the ground, special questions, many of which, unfortunately, remain unanswered to this day.
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  1. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 23 October 2022 08: 28
    +7
    The doctors who rescued the hostages did not know what kind of gas was used and what were its side effects ... unfortunately, the people who gave the order to use it also did not fully understand the consequences and did not bother to familiarize the doctors with this special equipment ... damn secrecy played in a bad way.
    I remember well everything that happened there... There is no 100% guarantee of success in these matters... somewhere, an unforeseen accident occurs.
    1. krot
      krot 23 October 2022 09: 02
      +10
      All terrorist attacks were financed by the Anglo-Saxons. And we must not forget this! This nation of parasites!
      1. Lech from Android.
        Lech from Android. 23 October 2022 09: 06
        +2
        It is not a fact that the British were involved in Dubrovka ... most likely the Saudis ... Basayev was friendly with the Black Arab ... and he, as you know, received funding from Saudi Arabia.
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        2. Alex20042004
          Alex20042004 23 October 2022 11: 18
          +2
          They were funded by the FSA and the British.
          Enough evidence for that.
          1. Lech from Android.
            Lech from Android. 23 October 2022 15: 50
            0
            The British could hardly finance ... I remember Chechen fighters beheaded 4 Englishmen who at one time arrived in Chechnya under the guise of technical personnel ... most likely they were members of the British special services.
        3. Corrosion inhibitor
          Corrosion inhibitor 23 October 2022 11: 42
          +1
          The cruel always beat the weak - that's a fact. And, they always come back again - you should not forget about this either. Not at all worth it.
        4. Piramidon
          Piramidon 23 October 2022 18: 26
          +2
          Quote: Lech from Android.
          It’s not a fact that the British were involved in Dubrovka ... most likely the Saudis ...

          Anglo-Saxons prefer to shit with the wrong hands. The Saudis are under their control. You also say that in Ukraine, not NATO (Anglo-Saxons) are fighting against us with the hands of Ukrainians.
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    3. Alex92
      Alex92 23 October 2022 09: 19
      +2
      So we still do not always have naloxone or naltrexone in ambulances, it is they who need to be used from the substance indicated in the article
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 23 October 2022 10: 49
        +4
        not always have naloxone or naltrexone
        The standard dose is not enough to counteract the effect of fentanyl derivatives due to its exceptionally high affinity (connection with opiate receptors). A minimum double is needed. In the end, there wasn't enough for everyone.
    4. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 23 October 2022 10: 28
      +3
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      The doctors who rescued the hostages did not know what kind of gas was used and what were its side effects ... unfortunately, the people who gave the order to use it also did not fully understand the consequences and did not bother to familiarize the doctors with this special equipment ... damn secrecy played in a bad way.
      I remember well everything that happened there... There is no 100% guarantee of success in these matters... somewhere, an unforeseen accident occurs.

      The first reports about the storming of the Center and the destruction of the terrorists contained information that they say there were no victims. And then, after some time, they began to talk about the victims of the assault, and their number increased every hour. Now you remember and still "goosebumps" ((((.
      It’s a pity for people, they accidentally fell under the distribution, but if it weren’t for the measures taken, the terrorists could have blown up the building and there could have been an order of magnitude more victims. And they could notify the doctors, but the information could reach those who captured the building and they would have put their terrible plan into action without waiting for the assault.
      1. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 23 October 2022 10: 45
        -4
        Quote: Starover_Z
        It's a pity for people, they accidentally fell under the distribution,

        There is nothing random here. To provide for protection against the effects of the medicinal (this is precisely the medicine) remedy is a blatant, shameful, dumbest incompetence. Together with the gas, it was absolutely normal to prepare means of neutralizing it. It's so elementary, there are simply no words...
    5. mad big
      mad big 23 October 2022 10: 30
      -4
      The liberated people were also not in the know in the bulk, and many also suffered.
      I just drank like one of them. It was the only thing he could say.
      1. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 23 October 2022 11: 42
        -6
        Quote from mad big
        The liberators were also not aware

        It just makes me want to climb the wall. Why, when discussing almost any failure in the conduct of critical operations, we stumble upon the same thing?! Why is it always a shameful failure of the command, leadership, those people who receive abundant goodies and bonuses for this work?!
        Moreover, failures of this level are always a stupid neglect of elementary, basic measures that seem to be carried out by default?
        How did it even look like? Scientists suggest fentanyl gas. They are SCIENTISTS. So they can't end the report with fentanyl gas. They simply from their professional training after these words say: drugs of the nolaxone group neutralize the effects of fentanyl gas, and so on in this vein. Well, that's how they are taught, nothing else just happens!
        What was next? Someone fat with a square face lazily sips - give us gas, and all sorts of nolaxons are not your concern? And scores on nolaxon? But why?! What was on his mind?! This is some kind of horror, but it is precisely such things for our country that are commonplace. God...
    6. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 23 October 2022 10: 40
      -6
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      Damn secrecy played in a bad way.

      There is absolutely no secrecy here. The people who organized the assault were pros. But their training did not include the section of interaction with civil services and rescue of hostages AT ALL. At the same time, using a completely new method of attack that was not previously used in reality, no one bothered with this section. There is a complete failure of coordination. Simply put, either there was no unified command, or it was incompetent.
      1. Sarboz
        Sarboz 23 October 2022 11: 50
        +6
        Quote: Mikhail3
        There is a complete failure of coordination. Simply put, either there was no unified command, or it was incompetent.

        Even the enemy intelligence agencies do not agree with you.
        The CIA and MI6 considered Operation Nord-Ost to be phenomenal.
        The commandos note that after the unique operation, they tried to prepare for similar events in Europe. The command of special forces units in Europe after the tragedy in Moscow tried to conduct similar training hostage-taking, however during the assault, over and over again, not only the police, but also the army units lost not only 80 percent of the personnel, but also all the hostages. None of the special forces groups, according to former FSB operatives, still has such experience and cannot work in such a difficult situation without losses from both personnel and civilians.
        1. Mikhail3
          Mikhail3 23 October 2022 12: 43
          -3
          So what? As I wrote, the execution of the operation was at a high level. For Europe, unattainable, yes. Does this somehow cancel the cause of most deaths during surgery? The security forces worked 300%, and some high-ranking rank did not do its job, because stupid and irresponsible, he climbed into his place by wrong, and killed more than a hundred people.
          Who should counteract this state of affairs? Why is there almost always one or more such masters during operations of this level? How is it that he is always a general or a high official? Who makes them leaders? Who supports their advancement (they mow like that all the time, this is the essence of their personality, they live like that, it’s just that the scale is smaller, while the position is lower) and being at the posts from which they kill people, like mowing grass?
          Why do the systems of power we have built in the country constantly lead to such a result?! I didn’t care about the results of the Europeans ...
          1. Sarboz
            Sarboz 23 October 2022 13: 30
            +4
            Quote: Mikhail3
            Who should counteract this state of affairs? Why is it almost always...? How does it come out...? Who makes them leaders? Who supports...?
            Why do the systems of power we have built in the country constantly lead to such a result?! I didn’t care about the results of the Europeans ...

            People like you will always and with any result be dissatisfied with the actions of our authorities, you will ask dozens of your own stereotyped "why", "who" and "until".
            With the informational hype surrounding the terrorist attack, there was no guarantee that the ambulance's warning about the need to supply the brigades with a specific antidote would not be instantly voiced on the air by fighters for freedom of speech. And then the losses would have increased tenfold.
            1. Mikhail3
              Mikhail3 23 October 2022 13: 51
              -5
              People like me always ask questions. So I'll ask you a question too. Do you think that taking into account the consequences of the impact of a gas that knocks out a trained hefty terrorist, a suicide bomber, on tired women, the elderly and children is something complicated? What is something for which the competence of our leadership could not be enough? That this is some kind of question, the solution of which requires a great mind and great efforts? Here you are, the truth, please.
              Your next landmark idea is to voice ON THE AIR. Are you serious... Okay. Five conscripts approach the ambulances, which are standing in a heap in the parking lot. With duffel bags. They contain boxes with ampoules of nolaxone. And the order - when they start carrying the victims, give the boxes to the doctors. At the same time, to explain - the order of the command, the victims should be stabbed with this.
              Were there five conscripts in our army? And the duffel bags? Damn, no power...
              1. Sarboz
                Sarboz 23 October 2022 14: 18
                +3
                Quote: Mikhail3
                Five conscripts approach the ambulances, which are standing in a heap in the parking lot. With duffel bags. They contain boxes with ampoules of nolaxone. And the order - when they start carrying the victims, give the boxes to the doctors. At the same time, to explain - the order of the command, the victims should be stabbed with this.
                Were there five conscripts in our army? And the duffel bags? Damn, no power...

                Oh, how strong are the criticisms of the authorities in our hindsight. The task force, unlike your years of moaning, had a few hours, minutes to develop a plan of operation to capture the building. The consequences were calculated for a possible undermining of IEDs and other scenarios. There were reports of shooting in the building, so the order to start the assault was given before they had time to fully prepare. But you after all "spit" wanted on all these circumstances. You always have an unmistakable cause of all our troubles - "some kind of high rank ... because stupid and irresponsible, he climbed into his place not by right." Any events, that during the fight against terrorist attacks, that during the NWO, should correspond only to this version.
                1. Mikhail3
                  Mikhail3 23 October 2022 17: 20
                  -4
                  Quote: Sarboz
                  Oh, how strong our hindsight critics of the authorities are.

                  Have you ever heard such a word - conscience? I know you don't have any. But at least hear?
                  I'm an energy engineer with higher education and initial work experience. So, the power industry at the power plant is given a few seconds to develop a plan to eliminate the accident that is happening right now. If he makes a mistake, people die. They die, and usually a very terrible death. Imagine what it's like to be boiled alive.
                  And you know - power engineers cope! But they do not have general ranks. And no one gives apartments in Moscow to non-Muscovites. And the pay is modest. And a lot of things still do not exist, which those who KILLED more than a hundred people have because they neglected an absolutely elementary action !! Ugh, who am I talking to...
                  1. Sarboz
                    Sarboz 23 October 2022 17: 37
                    +3
                    Quote: Mikhail3
                    Have you ever heard such a word - conscience? I know you don't have any. But at least hear?

                    And who gave you the right to a stranger to make such accusations? I didn't give you a reason to.
                    And about the power engineers, the example is completely off topic. The bus driver, if he makes a mistake, also people die.
                    1. Repellent
                      Repellent 23 October 2022 17: 55
                      +2
                      Quote: Sarboz
                      who gave you the right to make such accusations against a stranger?

                      This is a local insanity. "Misha3". Hammer yes
                      1. Sarboz
                        Sarboz 23 October 2022 19: 19
                        +4
                        Quote: Repellent
                        Quote: Sarboz
                        who gave you the right to make such accusations against a stranger?

                        This is a local insanity. "Misha3". Hammer yes

                        Yes I understand. In Afghanistan, in every city, this type met. They call them Devon. drinks
  2. Egoza
    Egoza 23 October 2022 08: 32
    +13
    Russia remembers the dead. Russia mourns. Russia knows that negotiations with terrorists are empty. The terrorists must be destroyed.

    20 years have passed, but we remember everything. And now this is especially true. Destroy terrorists of any nationality, even if they wear the form of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are real terrorists sent to destroy the Russian Federation.
  3. ZIF122
    ZIF122 23 October 2022 08: 47
    +5
    Yes, I remember everything! You cannot negotiate with terrorists otherwise hostage-taking will happen again and again! Israel is a benchmark in this regard! And the punishment for terrorist attacks must be inevitable and unavoidable, no matter how much time has passed!
    1. ruha
      ruha 23 October 2022 09: 17
      -1
      Israel is a standard only because it finances and organizes "Islamic terrorism"! For this they have special institutions!
  4. DymOk_v_dYmke
    DymOk_v_dYmke 23 October 2022 08: 53
    +2
    Realizing that to previously scheduled date - November 7, the "main" terrorist attack may not take place at all, the leaders of the militants changed the plan

    I had never come across such information before.
    And here is something to think about.
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  5. Mikhail Sidorov
    Mikhail Sidorov 23 October 2022 08: 55
    +3
    I would like the author to write a detailed article in other sections of the site. hi After all, much is now known about this tragedy.
  6. rotfuks
    rotfuks 23 October 2022 09: 12
    +16
    The terrorist attack in Moscow on Dubrovka was practically a terrorist attack shown online. We all remember. Personally, I was struck by the shortsightedness or venality of some television journalists. By the way, it was after these events that journalists began to be called journalism. At first, the terrorists allowed the hostages to use the toilet. Some of the hostages climbed out of the toilet window and escaped. Clever TV reporters would have simply hidden this fact, but one well-known journalist began to yell all over the country that the hostages were escaping through the window. After that, an orchestra pit was made into a toilet. Corrupt journalists were hyped on the attack and no one punished them.
    1. ruha
      ruha 23 October 2022 09: 20
      -8
      Your comment is useless! Are terrorists stupid? Can't count? Don't they know how many people were allowed to go to the toilet and how many didn't come back? Silly comment. But in principle, the meaning is clear and there is no need to argue against journalists so stupidly, because the opposite effect is obtained.
      1. suhorukofal
        suhorukofal 23 October 2022 10: 22
        +3
        Now I don’t even remember this or that terrorist attack, but there were arguments that terrorists often follow the actions of our services almost online, where the snipers are, where and who is deployed, what forces arrive. That is, the actions of law enforcement agencies are covered live. So there is a sin for journalists, in order to attract an audience, they show and say things about which it is necessary to keep quiet.
        1. domokl
          domokl 23 October 2022 18: 18
          +1
          Quote: suhorukofal
          That is, the actions of law enforcement agencies are covered live.

          And so it was. Not only all the actions, but also all the movements of the groups were broadcast live. I happened to be right next door.
      2. rotfuks
        rotfuks 23 October 2022 10: 41
        +10
        If the example of escaping from the toilet is unconvincing, then another fact. Three FSB colonels climbed onto the roof of the Nord-Ost building to work out the possibility of an assault through the roof. But representatives of Russian TV channels were sitting on the neighboring building with television cameras, who, having seen the military on the roof, began to broadcast that they were Alpha employees and that the assault would probably be from the roof. The terrorists immediately put forward an ultimatum that if three were not removed from the roof, then every tenth hostage would be shot. Is this not an example of the criminal stupidity of journalists?
      3. Sarboz
        Sarboz 23 October 2022 11: 34
        +6
        Quote: ruha
        Your comment is useless!

        Quote: ruha
        Silly comment. But in principle, the meaning is clear and there is no need to argue against journalists so stupidly, because the opposite effect is obtained.

        It is foolish to deny the obvious. Journalists gave out all the details of the actions of the special forces around the building on the air. And this is a betrayal. For the sake of "hype", as it is now fashionable to call it, they endangered thousands of lives.
    2. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 23 October 2022 10: 52
      +4
      one famous journalist started yelling all over the country
      Alexander Tsekalo told live that there are passages in the room after redevelopment, which not everyone working there knows about.
  7. Saboteur_Navy
    Saboteur_Navy 23 October 2022 10: 03
    +2
    We need to be angry and now prepare all the forces of Antiterror! It is necessary to take under total control all migrants from Ukraine, it is obligatory to register them! And then the situation as on Dubrovka can be repeated
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  9. faterdom
    faterdom 23 October 2022 11: 11
    +4
    This terrorist attack (and I remember it almost by the clock, due to some circumstances) has one turning point: it was the first major terrorist raid when the militants were not released or missed (as in Budennovsk and Pervomaisk during the First Chechen War), and all before one destroyed!
    And this is a very different attitude to everything that happens, and the trend was set: we will find and destroy everyone!
    Because, for the people, after everything has already happened, this becomes the most important, and then some other options are simply unsuitable.
    I would like to note that the main burden of the leadership then had to be taken on by the Interim Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General of Militia Vasilyev V.A., the "political minister" Gryzlov was categorically unsuitable for this, and he was habitually absent somewhere, the FSB participated, but the heavy burden of communication with the press, she habitually moved away from herself.
    Just, I would like to remind you, otherwise everything is somehow impersonal: no one lost, no one won, like ...
    1. Sarboz
      Sarboz 23 October 2022 11: 39
      +4
      Quote: faterdom
      I would like to note that the main burden of the leadership then had to be taken on by the Interim Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General of Militia Vasilyev V.A., the "political minister" Gryzlov was categorically unsuitable for this, and he was habitually absent somewhere, the FSB participated, but the heavy burden of communication with the press, she habitually moved away from herself.

      Nevertheless, the FSB special forces received the main blow from the liberal media. They poured a tub of shit on the Chekists.
      1. Andrey VOV
        Andrey VOV 23 October 2022 20: 35
        +4
        Well, the liberal press has a sacred job to kick the FSB
  10. storm
    storm 23 October 2022 16: 39
    0
    Preparations for the attack had been underway since the summer. A terrorist group of more than 40 people was formed, including female suicide bombers. Weapons, ammunition, explosives were transported from the North Caucasus in trucks loaded with apples and watermelons.


    The same mess was going on in the country, there was a real war against Russia, but no one declared martial law, Chechen criminal groups flooded the whole country, "milked" markets, shopping centers, construction companies, bought real estate and business, but they were not touched by calling them peaceful businessmen , although billions of criminal rubles and dollars flowed from Russia to the Caucasus to finance gangs and purchase weapons.
    The policy of half-measures when they threaten with one hand and give money with the other was then, continues now ......
    1. Andrey VOV
      Andrey VOV 23 October 2022 20: 36
      +2
      Cash flow to Chechnya and the Caucasus went even earlier, much earlier
  11. Alex20042004
    Alex20042004 23 October 2022 17: 31
    +3
    Quote: Lech from Android.
    The British could hardly finance ... I remember Chechen fighters beheaded 4 Englishmen who at one time arrived in Chechnya under the guise of technical personnel ... most likely they were members of the British special services.


    https://russian7.ru/post/za-chto-chechenskie-boeviki-v-1998-godu-obezg/

    ........The purpose of this cruel action was to break relations between Ichkeria and Western countries, with the subsequent reorientation of the republic to foreign policy activities, the basis of which would be radical fundamentalist Islam ......

    Source: Why Chechen fighters beheaded three Britons in 1998 - Russian Seven
    © Russian Seven russian7.ru

    In Chechnya, the Anglo-Saxons have always been behind the terrorist attacks, there they (in England), some are still hiding, and from time to time they are sentenced to execution.
  12. Kiril Letov
    Kiril Letov 24 October 2022 00: 05
    0
    Condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the attack.
  13. Seryoga Nemuslim
    Seryoga Nemuslim 25 October 2022 04: 14
    0
    The family of each of the terrorists was not bad to be buried alive along with pig carcasses.