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Russian Interior Ministry to step up fight against terrorism

RIA Novosti

05:07 28/02/2011 MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Interior Ministry has to step up efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and extremism, as well as bolster security in public places to implement the tasks set by President Dmitry Medvedev, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told the Izvestia daily.

Medvedev said in early February that the fight against terrorism, as well as efforts to combat extremism, organized crime and corruption were priorities for the country's law enforcement agencies.

Medvedev ordered a nationwide tightening of transport security measures after January's terrorist attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport, which killed 36 and injured dozens. He said one of the most important tasks was for law enforcers to prevent crimes.

Transport Minister Igor Levitin said in mid-February at a meeting with Medvedev that Russia will spend 46.7 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) by 2014 on a program to ensure transport security.

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