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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.09.06 Dominion Post: Tears flow for Russian victims Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand Tears flow for Russian victims MONDAY , 06 SEPTEMBER 2004 By RICHARD TROW
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      2004.09.06 Dominion Post: Tears flow for Russian victims
      Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

      Tears flow for Russian victims

      MONDAY , 06 SEPTEMBER 2004
      By RICHARD TROW

      Tears flowed at a church service yesterday as members of the Wellington
      Russian community remembered the victims of the school tragedy in Beslan.

      There was grief and anger as up to 50 people paid their respects at a
      requiem service in the Russian

      Orthodox Church in Miramar. Church council secretary Igor Kvatch said the
      small community was "devastated".

      "There are many young families here who have children of their own. The
      decision some of those parents had to make. . ."

      They would try to raise money to help the affected families, Mr Kvatch said.

      Church trustee Michael Titov said it was a tragedy for the "whole global
      community". People in the Russian community had friends in North Ossetia.

      Wellington Russian Club chairman Vladimir Zvegindsev said some of the
      community were not religious, but attended the service out of sympathy and
      respect for the more than 330 victims and their families. He said he could
      barely contain his anger, describing the hostage takers as "mad dogs".

      Russian consul Victor Arramov said Russian people in New Zealand were
      "very touched" by the huge show of sympathy from New Zealanders. The
      Russian embassy in Wellington had been inundated with calls and many
      bunches of flowers had been delivered.

      "We're very grateful for the messages of support. Even though Russia is
      thousands of miles away, still people here feel the pain of our people."
      The New Zealand Government has joined international condemnation of the
      tragedy. Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff has sent a letter of condolence
      to his Russian counterpart, saying the nature of the attack was deplorable.

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