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RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev is in for Russia's having armed air marshals at international routes. He said so in the interview to Channel One of Russian television on Friday.

"I think we should adopt the international practice of such activities with the corresponding skills and preparation. I think it's normal and our passengers on international routes will take it normally", Nurgaliev noted.

He recalled that President Putin has signed the law on making changes in the legislation concerning aviation security. Under the law, the aviation security services earlier acting on their own will now have interior officers for pre-flight, in-flight and after-flight inspection, as well as the protection of airports and the attendant facilities.

Nurgaliev said that, since the terrorism-related crashes of two civilian planes last September, about 700 fire arms and rifles have been seized and 53 criminal cases initiated, 23 of which for illegal arms turnover, in the course of air security ensurance.

Nurgaliev also said that last year 800 interior officers passed special training at the Russian Transport Ministry and were qualified to ensure air service security. "This year we are going to train up to 1,800 such officers", he said.

Nurgaliev noted that the adopted law puts in equal conditions the interior bodies in the transport sector and the security bodies of the air service. "A mechanism for interaction and equal responsibility in security ensurance has been worked out", he said.

The acts of terrorism in the TU-134 and TU-154 liners in the summer of 2004 took a toll of 90 lives.

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