Moscow events to mark 10th anniversary of Dubrovka hostage crisis end

A series of events will be held on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of hostages at Moscow's Dubrovka Theater, which was seized by terrorists on October 23, 2002.

Forty terrorists held 916 hostages in the theater building from October 23 to October 26. Up to 130 people, including ten children, were killed during a raid of the theater by Russian security forces. Some 70 children lost their parents. All of the terrorists were killed in the operation.

Bishop of Voskresensk Savva will conduct a religious service at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, which is being built near the Dubrovka Theater on Melnikov Street, at 7:45 p.m., a spokesman for Moscow\'s Southeastern District told Interfax.

A 200-kilogram bell will be consecrated at 21:30 p.m., after which it will toll for all of the victims of the tragic events.

A moment of silence will be observed by people who will gather outside the Dubrovka Theater at 22:00 p.m., which will be followed by a concert and a memorial religious service.

A rally to commemorate the Dubrovka siege victims is expected to take place near the theater on Friday evening as well.

"A memorial rally will start outside the Dubrovka Theater at 22:00 p.m. on October 26," a man said from the stage during last Sunday's rally on Trubnaya Square in central Moscow, dedicated to elections to the Russian opposition\'s Coordination Council.

"Ten years ago, the authorities decided to raid the theater, where hostages were being held, ignoring the victims of these actions," he said.

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