Izvestia and NTV television reported with evident amusement last week that at least 11 mothers of children who died in the Beslan hostage crisis last year had traveled to Moscow to meet with Grigory Grabovoi, a cult leader who promised to resurrect their children.
I think most every journalist who has been to Beslan knew that a few unfortunate mothers, insane with grief, truly believed the promises of resurrection and had gone to see Grabovoi, who for all I know may be a swindler, a nut case, or both. For an entire year, the government had done nothing but lie to these women. They got nothing but abuse from the prosecutors and a photo-op with President Vladimir Putin.
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