Beslan, Russian Federation
Combo photo of Russian police officer Gochichayev and former Beslan hostage Tskayeva.
A combination photo shows Russian police officer Elbrus Gochichayev carrying hostage Alyona Tskayeva during the Beslan school siege (top) and Gochichayev talking to Tskayevato in the town of Beslan in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya. Gochichayev was one of the policemen who was guarding the school when it was seized by Chechan rebels, and he helped to bring Tskayeva to safety. Some 331 people, more than half of them children, were killed in the three-day siege, which began on September 1, 2004 when Islamist gunmen seized the school and demanded Russia end its 10-year bid to crush Chechen separatism. Picture (top) taken September 2, 2004 and picture (bottom) taken June 22, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev PEK/CN