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President Vladimir Putin had an emergency meeting with Federal Security Service Director Nikolai Patrushev and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov

October 24, 2002, The Kremlin, Moscow

They briefed the President about developments in the Dubrovka Street Theatre Centre in Moscow, where terrorists had taken hostages. Mr Patrushev said that Federal Security Service (FSB), Interior and Defence Ministry special forces had been alerted.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Presidential Executive Office chief Alexander Voloshin attended the meeting.

October 24, 2002, The Kremlin, Moscow