Now Alyona Tskayeva is 16 years old, she has already graduated from school and she has a high school prom. This holiday would not have existed in her life if a special forces officer had not rescued her 6-month-old during the take-over of a school in Beslan in 2004.
These pictures of Elbrus Gogichev holding a child flew around the world and became one of the symbols of the tragedy.
Although 16 years have passed, the man still has not recovered from that terrible event. But the other day he? after all? visited the Beslan school, because Alyona invited him to her graduation.
The girl pleasantly calls him «Uncle Elbrus» and treats him with great respect and love, because thanks to him she has a whole life ahead of her!