#PutinKills Sandy Booker
As a part of the #PutinKIlls awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was the terrorist attack on the Nord-Ost opera in Moscow. Here is the story of one of the victims – Sandy Booker.
Sandy Alan Booker, 49, of Oklahoma City was born 28 December 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sandy was in Moscow attending the musical Nord-Ost when he died in the theatre siege tragedy, October 26, 2002.
Sandy was an Electrical Engineer with General Motors for 18 years.
He loved his daughter, Deborah, very much and they enjoyed many activities together. He excelled in Judo, which he taught her, and they both loved to ski.
His marriage didn’t work out and for many years Sandy was a bachelor. One day Sandy decided to find his love. In 2002 he found Svetlana Gubareva from Moscow online and started his email and began to communicate through email and cell phones with her and her 13-year-old daughter. Finally Svetlana agreed to get married to Sandy and move to the U.S., but destiny had other plans.
Before their departure from Russia, Sandy, Svetlana and her daughter Sasha went to the theatre to watch the ‘Nord-Ost’ musical. Two of them died there. Only Svetlana survived that night.
The Moscow Nord-Ord theatre siege was the seizure of the crowded Dubrovka theatre on October 23, 2002 by around 40-50 armed Chechen terrorists who claimed allegiance to the Islamic militant movement in Chechnya. They took around 800-900 hostages and demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya and the end of the Second Chechen War. The Nord-Ost siege was let by Movsar Barayev.
After a two-and-a-half day siege and the execution of two female hostages, Spetsnaz from Federal Security Service Alpha and Vega Groups, supported by a Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs SOBR unit, pumped an undisclosed chemical agent into the building’s ventilation system and raided. All attackers were executed; over 130 hostages died including nine foreigners, due to adverse reactions to the gas.
Some estimates have put the civilian death toll at more than 200 names on the list. Some former hostages and relatives of the victims claim that the death toll from the chemical agent is still being kept secret.
#PutinKills – because the rescue operation wasn’t properly carried out and caused so many deaths, the authorities didn’t provide medical assistance in a timely manner and didn’t conduct a proper investigation of that terror attack, and as usual Putin’s regime lied and spread disinformation and used the tragedy to curtail civil rights covering it with the war with terrorism.
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