A memory under constraint: The commemoration of the Beslan hostage crisis

By Anne Le Huérou

English

On September 1, 2004, a group of Chechen fighters took more than 1,000 people hostage in School Number One in Beslan in North Ossetia (Russia). At the end of the siege, two days later, there were 334 casualties, including 186 children. Based on a field study conducted during the commemorative events of 2017, this article presents the issues and controversies underlying both the responsibility for and memorialization of the event, which is severely restricted by the official presence.

Keywords

  • Beslan
  • hostage-taking
  • terrorism
  • commemoration
  • Chechen War
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