On 3 September, Voronezh State University held events dedicated to the Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism. Students from many faculties started their classes with a minute of silence.
At 1.00 p.m., a mass meeting dedicated to the victims of the Beslan terrorist attack took place near the main university building. Among its participants were Dmitry Endovitsky, VSU Rector, Oleg Grishayev, Vice Rector for Student Affairs and Social Development, students, and university staff.
“16 years ago, terrorists took 1,100 hostages at a school in Beslan. They kept hostages in terrible conditions, without food or water, for two and half days. It is unfathomable how people could commit such appalling atrocities! We remember the children, the teachers who tried to protect them, the special forces soldiers who paid with their lives in order to rescue the hostages,” said VSU Rector Dmitry Endovitsky.
“My heart aches. Terrorist attacks are truly horrifying and brutal. We have to remember this tragedy, remember the victims and be vigilant,” said Elena Alexeyeva, a third year student from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
“This day is very important to all of us. Today, we remember those days in September 2004. The younger generation might not know and fully understand how devastating the attack was. Extremism and terrorism are dangerous ideas. People infected with these toxic concepts can only think about themselves. You must never negotiate with them! We must cooperate and fight this evil, we must remember the victims and I am sure we must talk about this!” said Eduardo Roberto, a third year student from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.