Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 37


On November 28, the website Grani.ru, which has been keeping careful tabs on all information relating to fate of the hostages, reported that the terrorists had taken 979 people captive. It provided a list of those 979 names after scouring other websites and the media for information. On November 6, the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that Russian Labor and Social Security Minister Aleksdandr Pochinok was claiming that only 858 persons had been taken, 121 fewer than the Grani.ru figure.