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AFTERMATH: Igor Trunov, lead lawyer for siege victims and their families

I think we should be included in the Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest court case in history — six days for 24 lawsuits," Lyudmila Trunova said bitterly as she walked out of the Tverskoi district court in Moscow last week. Nobody was very surprised when Judge Marina Gorbacheva — brusquely and without explanation — rejected three and deferred 21 suits against the city of Moscow brought by Lyudmila's husband, Igor, on behalf of victims and families involved in last October's Chechen hostage crisis. "Everything is clear now," Igor said. "The other complaints will also be struck...

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