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President sacks officials, blames Domodedovo attacks on airport security

27-Jan-2011 11:03 AM

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has sacked several senior government officials after blaming the recent attack at the airport on poor airport security (BBC News/Guardian, 26-Jan-2011). The president stated that those not working properly “must be brought to their senses”. The dismissals reportedly include regional transport chief Andrei Alexeyev, and Moscow police deputy head Major General Vladimir Chugunov. The president advised the interior ministry to "shake up the entire transport police service", adding that officers at Domodedovo had been "absolutely passive" about the implementation of security. Mr Medvedev accused the airport's management and senior government officials of negligence.

Moscow Domodedovo publicly denied (25-Jan-2011) its security processes allowed the attack to happen, stating that all "means of security control have always been in place and in working order". [more - Moscow Domodedovo] [more - UNWTO]