The Katyr-Yurt Russian Terrorist Attack
Introduction:— The Katyr-Yurt terrorist attack,[n. 1] was an attack by the Russian military on the village Katyr Yurt, that occurred between February 4th—7th, 2000. The village was a part of the Achkhoy-Martan province, Chechnya, and had a population of 25,000 people; declared a "safe zone" by Putin's government. The Russians refused to warn[n. 2] the village of an imminent advance of Russian soldiers from Grozny who were tracking down Chechan soldiers—the latter fighting for the freedom of their country, and the other for annexation. Bloodied, the Chechens reached the village for food, water, rest and medicine (fleeing from the terrible bombardment of Russian terrorism and minefields, dragging their dead with them), the Russians tore apart the village using hundreds—possibly thousands—of unguided bombs murdering 363—400 people. All available exit routes—but not the entrances to the village—had been cut off, with the residents left severely confused, horrified and panic stricken as to why this was happening. A little eight year old girl—Taisa Abakarov—was the only survivor of the attack, having almost been burnt to a crisp and left in a severe coma. On March 4th, she learned of her families fate. Her parents Mansur (1955) and Khava (1954), brothers Ruslan (1987) and Magomed (1985), sister Madina (1994)—as well as her cousin Khava Abakarova—did not survive. She sued 15 years later for €500,000 euros, but was only awarded €314,775 euros from the ECHR as compensation for their deaths from Russia.