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Russia to spend $1.6 billion on transport security

RIA Novosti

19:44 15/02/2011 GORKY, February 15 (RIA Novosti) - Russian will spend 46.7 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) by 2014 on a program to ensure transport security, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said Tuesday at a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Medvedev ordered a nationwide tightening of transport security measures after a terrorist attack last month at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, which killed 36 and injured many more .

He also ordered the acceleration of the installation of equipment for the screening of passengers and their baggage on the Moscow metro.

The main Moscow railway stations, along with stations in St. Petersburg, Vyborg and Tver, have been equipped with metal detectors, the head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, told Medvedev at the meeting.

A total of 106 metal detectors were installed, while some 12 billion rubles ($410 million) were allocated to ensure the safety and security of Russian Railways passengers, Yakunin said.

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