Medvedev inspects Moscow's Vnukovo Airport

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti)-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit to Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport on Friday and declared himself satisfied with its security system.

Scene outside Moscow airport after terrorist attack, at night with journalists and security personnel with dogsTransport security has dominated the government agenda since last month's deadly terrorist attack on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, which killed 36 and injured more than 100.

Speaking the day after a visit to the capital's Kievsky railway station, Medvedev said that while there could never be sufficient number of security personnel at a transport hub, "there is order here, in contrast to the situation yesterday."
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Medvedev criticized the management of Kievsky Station for failing to provide proper security. He ordered rail monopoly Russian Railways (RZD) to take steps to ensure security on the rail network and report back to him within three days.

The president also said local governors should join the federal authorities in monitoring the situation with transport security.

"It is not only the president and ministers who should be doing this, but governors too. Local officials must tour transport facilities to inspect security," Medvedev said.

Medvedev then went on to the airport's VIP terminal to fly to the Russian Volga republic of Bashkiria for a State Council Presidium meeting.

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