I remember the theater disaster when most of the hostages ended up killed, now this.
340 deaths. A pretty piss poor record for a highly trained special forces organization.
In 1995, rebels led by guerrilla commander Basayev seized a hospital in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk, taking some 2,000 people hostage. The six-day standoff ended with a fierce Russian assault, and some 100 people died.
Are the Russians just bad at hostage rescue or are the terrorists just really good? I know the Israeli commandos rescued the entebbe hostages with only 1 commando fatality and I think a couple of civilian casualties, the other fatalities were terrorists. US delta force, although they botched the Iran hostage rescue mission, still (according to Eric Haney) did some good missions later on.
Are Russian SF just a crappy SF organization or are they fighting against nearly insurmountable odds?