From the BBC:
Beslan school siege: Russia ‘failed to prevent’ massacre
Given a massacre happened, I’d say so, yes.
In the siege, Chechen separatists took more than 1,000 hostages, the vast majority of them children.
It ended when Russian security forces stormed the building. Survivors say the troops used excessive force.
In all seriousness, and acknowledging that the siege would have been an enormous challenge for even the world’s most proficient counter-terrorism force, the Russian response was absolutely shambolic in the most woeful sense of the word. It made Nord-Ost look like Operation Entebbe.
Presumably the chap who does the bylines is Irish.