Majority of Russians think authorities did everything possible to save hostages in Beslan - poll

A total of 62 percent Russian citizens today are certain that the Russian authorities did everything possible to save hostages in Beslan school (against 46 percent in 2013), Levada Center sociologists told Interfax.

A total of 62 percent Russian citizens today are certain that the Russian authorities did everything possible to save hostages in Beslan school (against 46 percent in 2013), Levada Center sociologists told Interfax.

Upon presenting results of the polls on this topic, sociologists noted that the share of Russians who think the authorities were only trying to "save face" and "they were generally indifferent to fate of hostages" decreased from 34 percent in 2004-2005 to 17 percent in 2014.

Meanwhile, the number of people who had trouble responding grew considerably - from 12 percent to 21 percent.

According to the survey conducted in August 22-25 in 134 Russian cities, towns and villages, encompassing 1,600 respondents, 42 percent Russians are convinced that the authorities reveal only part of the truth about the tragedy in Beslan (against 39 percent in 2013).

Fourteen per cent of respondents (against 24 percent in 2013) think that whole truth is being concealed from them, 2 percent (against 6 percent) accuse the authorities of deceiving public intentionally, and 15 percent are certain they were told everything about the events of those days, the poll showed.

School No. 1 in Beslan in North Ossetia was seized by terrorists on September 1, 2004. Over 1,200 people - schoolchildren, their parents and teachers - were taken hostage and were held in the school gym packed with explosives for three days. As a result of the terrorist attack, 330 people, including over 180 children, died. Several more people died in the following years from injuries sustained during the attack.

Due to the tragic events in Beslan, September 3 was declared the Day of Solidarity in Fighting Terrorism in Russia.

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