1. Long shot (through tree branches) of released hostage Maria Shkolnikova walking, speaking on phone; Shkolnikova holds up her hands and letters, and walks towards building
2. Close shot of Shkolnikova trying to speak as she is jostled by crowd of journalists and relatives of hostages:
3. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Maria Shkolnikova, released hostage:
"There's a very difficult situation in there and we want.. don't jostle me (commotion). There are a lot of people in there who find themselves in a very difficult situation. They ask you earnestly that people pay attention to this Chechen problem, that people support the exit of troops from Chechnya. The people who are sitting there, who they are is unknown. These people are completely basing their hopes on people outside the hall. And here I have a declaration.. don't hold me, don't push me. (commotion)."
4. Close shot of Shkolnikova standing separate from crowd, pull out to wide shot
5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Maria Shkolnikova, released hostage:
"Here's a declaration that the people inside (the hostages) wanted to give to our president, and everybody who is outside the hall. We earnestly ask that you pay attention to the problems of Chechnya. (inaudible) This is the letter written by the people (hostages) who are sitting in there: We are turning our attention to you, we captives in the theatre. We, men, youths, women and children ask you to take the reasonable decision to stop military actions in Chechnya. Enough of war. We want peace. You who are at the summit of power should solve these problems. You decide these questions, we only (see) them. Today we find ourselves in a situation of life and death -- Sorry I'm reading handwriting I don't know -- we have parents, brothers sisters and children. (Our) lives are on your consciences.. Our lives. (sighs) We ask you to solve this problem in a peaceful way, otherwise there will be too much blood spilt."
6. Shkolnikova stops reading from letter
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Maria Shkolnikova, released hostage:
"I just spoke now with with someone from the White House and asked to meet with the President. I spoke with (liberal politician Grigory) Yavlinksy, he had just landed from Tomsk, where he was at the funeral of the governor. We talked with all sorts of officials. They are supporting the resolution of this conflict by peaceful means. Because if this situation drags on, the people there (the gunmen) are very serious. And they won't wait a long time. A lot has changed in there. The people in there (the hostages) are in a very difficult position. We have been asking since this morning for doctors from the Red Cross but the doctors did not arrive. Instead there 20 superfluous officials arrived. We quickly need a doctor from the Red Cross in order to help a person who is a very bad way - you could count his life in minutes if he is not taken out. Please organise this is you hear me. I would like to tell you that these people (the gunmen) didn't come specifically to kill the people who are inside, they came in order to attract attention in the most extreme way possible. I don't agree with the methods that they are using. But in the situation that we find ourselves in, this should not be ignored."
8. Close shot of Shkolnikova as security officers direct her into building and police tell journalists the news conference is over
A woman released from the Moscow theatre where Chechen gunmen have taken about 600 people captive has delivered a plea from the hostages to take their attacker's demands seriously.
Maria Shkolnikova told a crowd of journalists and the relatives of hostages waiting near the theatre that they were in of life or death situation.
Reading out from letters written by the hostages, she said that "our lives are on your consciences.. We ask you to solve this problem in a peaceful way, otherwise there will be too much blood spilt."
Shkolnikova was one of a handful of hostages freed on Thursday after negotiators entered the building bearing a white flag.
The assailants who stormed the theatre on Wednesday night have demanded a Russian military withdrawal from Chechnya and threatened to shoot the audience and blow-up the building if it is stormed by Russian security forces.
Shkolnikova left the theatre clutching several handwritten letters penned by the hostages. She described her talks with politicians and officials since leaving the theatre, and requested emergency medical treatment for at least one hostage who may be seriously ill.
The four negotiators who entered the theater met with six hostage-takers, all of them wearing masks, said Federal Security Service spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko. He said there were about 50 hostage takers.
Over the past decade Chechens or their sympathisers have been involved in a number of bold, often bloody hostage-taking situations in southern Russian provinces, especially in Dagestan.
Russian forces left Chechnya in 1996 after a disastrous two-year war but returned in 1999 after rebels raided a neighboring region and Russian authorities blamed rebels for a series of apartment bombings in Russia that killed more than 300 people.