Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed condolences to the injured and to families of the victims at Domodedovo Airport

Emergency meeting following explosion at Domodedovo Airport


Jan 25 ( KATAKAMI.COM / KREMLIN.RU ) — As instructed by the President, the Healthcare and Social Development Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry are providing urgent medical assistance to the persons injured by the terrorist bombing.

To ensure transport safety, President Medvedev instructed the Transport Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Security Service to jointly effect a nationwide emergency regime at airports, air terminals and all major transport hubs.

Mr Medvedev instructed Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin to appoint a team of investigators for detecting into the terrorist attack. Prosecutor General Yury Chaika was instructed to verify compliance with the requirements of regulations and laws on safety at major transport hubs.

Domodedovo Airport’s hotline telephone numbers:

+7 (495) 363-6101

+7 (495) 644-4066

Passengers queue for a security check to enter Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport on January 24, 2011 after an explosion killed at least 35 people. President Dmitry Medvedev said on January 25, 2011 that clear breaches in security had allowed a suspected female suicide bomber linked to Russia's Northern Caucasus to slaughter 35 people at Moscow's main airport. In comments broadcast on national television, Medvedev demanded answers from Domodedovo airport over how it let the bomber wander into arrivals and set off a charge just as passengers from several international flights were arriving. (Photo by OXANA ONIPKO/AFP/Getty Images)

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: As you know, there has been an explosion at Domodedovo Airport. According to the preliminary information, this is an act of terrorism. Some people have been killed and a number have been injured. I have just spoken with the Healthcare Minister and the Emergencies Minister and instructed them to do everything to arrange immediate medical assistance to the blast victims. Right now, many ambulances are headed for Domodedovo Airport.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to relatives of the victims.

Regarding the law enforcement, first of all, an emergency regime must be effected at all airports, air terminals, and all major transportation hubs and I am hereby instructing Transport Minister Mr Levitin, the Minister of the Interior and the Federal Security Service to join efforts to install procedures which in line with the laws on transport safety would ensure performance of every respective step.

Regarding the investigation, Mr Bastrykin [Chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee], you must appoint a team of investigators to immediately travel to the site for performing all respective activities. As I directed, at the moment the Mayor of Moscow and the Governor of Moscow Region are already on their way [to Domodedovo Airport]. Every possible investigative action should be conducted in order to quickly collect evidence and possibly accomplish the investigation while the trail is still hot.

In terms of ensuring safety at this airport and at other transportation hubs, [Prosecutor General] Mr Chaika, this currently requires your utmost attention, because following certain events, we passed a whole set of relevant regulations and laws.

It should be reviewed how they have been and are followed, because the terrorist attack demonstrates that not all the laws which should be in proper effect, are adequately applied throughout the country.

This is to be audited.

Assistance and support to those who have suffered is our top priority at the moment while the rest is to be subject to the applicable legislation, including criminal procedure laws, and the Ministry of the Interior and the FSB have been instructed accordingly.

Please get to work.  (*)

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