Survivors and relatives hope the court will recognise the loss of their bread-winners
The lawyer for the victims of the Moscow hostage siege has vowed to take their fight for compensation to the European Court
of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Up to 800 people had to endure a three-day ordeal in a Moscow theatre seized by the Chechen rebels last October.
One hundred and twenty-nine died after special forces stormed the building.
Dozens of lawsuits for moral damages filed by the survivors and families of the victims have been thrown out by Moscow
An appeals court in Moscow has upheld the judges' decision to throw the cases out, saying the authorities were not obliged to
pay moral damages.
But the plaintiffs' lawyer, Igor Trunov, insists that Russia's anti-terrorist laws hold local authorities responsible for
looking after the victims of an act of terror committed on their territory.
His offer for an out-of-court settlement was rejected by the Moscow city government.
City officials argue the law on compensation applies only to material damages, not moral, and say they have not ruled out the
possibility of paying material damages.
Last week, in a separate case, a court ordered city authorities to pay monthly compensation to the wife of a man who died in
This gave new ammunition to Mr Trunov to argue his case.
He said he plans to file several new material damages suits on behalf of those who lost bread-winners in the siege.
But he also vowed to continue his fight for moral damages as well.
He said he has little hope of having the ruling against his clients reversed by Russian courts, and that he is considering
taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.