MOSCOW, July 2 - RAPSI. The victims of the terror act at the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow have submitted an application to Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin to initiate a new criminal case, attorney Igor Trunov told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Monday.

In October 2002, some 40 terrorists took an audience of over 900 people hostage at the theater in Moscow. After three days of negotiations, security forces released an undisclosed gas to disable the terrorists before storming the building. The gas is believed to have led to the deaths of a number of hostages.

The aggrieved parties lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the authorities in 2003. On December 20, 2011, the ECHR held for the claimants, but also ruled that the authorities did not violate their human rights by using the gas. The 64 claimants were awarded a total of 1.3 million euros.

Trunov said he insists that a criminal case should be initiated under the Criminal Code for concealing information about circumstances creating a threat to people's lives or health, negligence, accidental manslaughter, and accidental infliction of harm.