Date of Birth: 01/01/1930
Ivan K. Canidius (Gr & # 915;. & # 953; & # 940; & # 957; & # 957; & # 951; & # 962; & # 922; & # 945; & # 957; & # 943; & # 948; & # 951; & # 962;) (January 1, 1930 - September 3, 2004) - Russian school physical education teacher of Greek origin. When the September 1, 2004, armed Chechen terrorists took hostage more than 1,200 school children and adults in the school number 1 in the city of Beslan (North Ossetia) (later the event became known as the terrorist attack in Beslan), 74-year-old Canidius insisted to stay with his disciples and died saving their lives.
Two days after the hostage-taking several mothers with infants were allowed to leave the building with their children. terrorist squad commander saw Canidius, sick old man, and asked him to leave. But Canidius refused, saying that he will "with [his] students until the end." All the time Canidius tests done for the children everything that was in its power. When the children were dying from the heat, thirst and lack of air, Canidius appealed to terrorists, insisting that "you have to give the kids something to drink, even the smallest." When one of the terrorists seriously beat him with a rifle butt, Canidius boldly said: "How dare you ?! You represent that you are Caucasians, but here, in the Caucasus, even the dog will not refuse an old man! ". After that, the terrorists allowed him to wet bib and bring to the mouths of the youngest children, who suffocated of thirst.
Surviving hostages say that he repeatedly risked his life to save those children, he pushes explosives, standing next to them, and tried to prevent the detonation of others.
Canidius was killed on the third day after the hostage-taking. The circumstances of his death have not yet been fully elucidated. According to the Israeli newspaper "Yediot Aharonot", he sacrificed himself, his body covered with a grenade thrown by one of the terrorists in runaway children. According to another version, the Greek newspaper Kathimerini English, he was shot while trying to pull out of the ceiling vent grate to which an explosive device was screwed. By Traits version CJ Chivers, a journalist of the magazine Esquire, Canidius lashed out at one of the terrorists, to give rest to escape and was killed. His last sentence was "Bring the kids!".
Subsequently, one of the students compared it with the hero of the Polish Janusz Korczak, who along with his disciples went to Auschwitz.
December 9, 2004, the Russian government posthumously awarded Canidius medal "For defense of human rights." . Later that same month, one of the two schools built to replace those destroyed during the storming of the school number 1 named after him.