The April 13 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the Russian authorities had violated the European Convention on Human Rights during the September 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, due to the use of heavy weapons, is absolutely groundless.
The ECHR had described the use of several types of heavy weaponry during the hostage crisis, including T-72 tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and, most importantly, RPO-A Shmel missiles. While the Russian authorities had initially denied the use of RPO-A missiles during the hostage crisis, Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai Shepel admitted in July, 2005, that Russian special forces had fired RPO-A Shmel rockets into the school. As the ECHR noted, the Russian Federal Forensic Center produced a report in December, 2005, which included testimony from army and Federal Security Service (FSB), who had said that at least five RPO-A missiles had been fired during the operation. Further debunking at Polygraph.info bit.ly/2p8zfeS, .