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This weeks issue of TIME (Europe edition) features an investigation into the tragic events surrounding Moscows theater siege. As early as Day One of the siege, diggers had been tunneling underneath the theater TIME Moscow bureau chief Paul Quinn-Judge reports.

Spetsnaz or special commando troops, of the elite Alfa and Vympel anti-terror units of the Federal Security Bureaus military arm, manned positions around the building. Yet officials admit their hand was forced in the hours before dawn when the disciplined Chechens inside began shooting, as promised.

"They killed a man and a woman," said Olga Chernyak, an Interfax news reporter among the hostages. "It happened right where I was. I thought they would kill us all." she told TIME. The theatre siege was the work of a generation of Chechens who feel they have nothing left to loseand more such attacks are possible, Chechen sources told TIME.

The international editions of TIME magazine are published specifically for readers outside of the United States, offering readers access to Time Inc.s global resources with regional, relevant stories. TIME is Europe's leading weekly newsmagazine and has a circulation of more than 600,000 across EMEA, more than double its nearest competitor. World-wide TIME has a circulation of over five million with approximately 29 million readers. -ENDS-

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Emma Gilpin Heather Tomlinson Director of Public Affairs PR Manager TIME Europe TIME Europe T: +44 (0) 207 322 1193 T: + 44 (0) 207 322 1034 Email: emma.gilpin@timeinc.com

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