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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 23:13 GMT 00:13 UK
Moscow theatre siege
Moscow theatre where hundreds of people are held hostage
Hundreds of theatre goers remain trapped in the auditorium
Hundreds of hostages are released after Russian troops storm a Moscow theatre where Chechen rebels had been holding them hostage. BBC News Interactive provides coverage of how events unfolded.


Monday 4 November
Chechen rebel inside the Moscow theatre
The moment the theatre was seized
New video footage is released showing the moment the Chechen rebels took control of the theatre. The video - which was taken by the gunmen themselves - was broadcast on Russian television.



Thursday 31 October
Explosives on a table
Bombs recovered after the siege ended
Russian officials say Chechen rebels who held hundreds of hostages in a Moscow theatre had enough explosives to blow the building to pieces and the theatre had been filled with the equivalent of more than 110 kilograms (242lb) of TNT.



Wednesday 30 October
Akhmed Zakayev
Zakayev is the Chechen exiles' senior envoy
Russia presses Denmark to extradite Akhmed Zakayev, a senior official of the ousted Chechen Government detained in Copenhagen, whom it suspects of involvement in the mass hostage-taking.



Tuesday 29 October


A mourner for the dead hostages
Remembering the dead hostages
The US embassy in Moscow says it has identified the gas used by Russian security forces as they stormed a theatre where 800 hostages were held by armed Chechens. They believe it was an opiate which dulls the senses.


Monday 28 October


Elena Bochkova shows photos of her son Leonid
Elena Bochkova shows photos of her son Leonid
Flags are lowered to half mast as Russians mark a day of mourning following the deaths at the Moscow theatre. It comes as authorities are under pressure to reveal the mystery deadly gas used at the siege.



Sunday 27 October
A woman tries to find information about relatives near Moscow city hospital
A relative of one of the hostages outside Moscow city hospital
Russian authorities are urged to reveal what type of gas was used to end the Moscow siege. The operation leaves hundreds of people in hospital, after an unidentified potent gas was used to subdue the Chechen rebels.




Saturday 26 October
A hostage is evacuated from the theatre
A hostage is evacuated from the theatre
Special forces storm the Moscow theatre where Chechen rebels were holding hundreds of people hostage. Troops release a gas into the complex to subdue the rebels before storming it.





Friday 25 October
Russian soldiers gather outside the Moscow theatre
Russian soldiers gather outside the Moscow theatre
The hostage takers reportedly threaten to start executing their captives if its demand for a Russian withdrawal from the breakaway republic of Chechnya is not met, and ask to talk to a government mediator.



Thursday 24 October
Distraught relatives try to come to terms with the situation
Distraught relatives arrive at the scene
Relatives of the hostages gather outside the theatre pleading with the authorities to step up measures to release their loved ones. Three females try to escape, one of whom is killed.




Wednesday 23 October
Armed police surround the Moscow theatre
Armed police surround the Moscow theatre
Masked gunmen, with explosives strapped to their bodies, storm the auditorium and demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya in exchange for the release of their captives.



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