Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the country's key ministers to launch anti-terrorism drills across Russia to ensure public security on transport, the Kremlin press service said on Friday.
Medvedev has charged the interior, emergencies, defense and transport ministers as well as the chief of Russia's Federal Security Service with developing plans to hold the drills on a regular basis.
Transport 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.
Medvedev made a surprise visit to Moscow's Kievsky railway station on Thursday and criticized the authorities for failing to ensure 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.
On Sunday, all nine Moscow railway stations received hoax bomb threats.
RZD head Vladimir Yakunin vowed on Thursday to install the necessary security equipment across the network, but the company said the government would have to pass new legislation to establish who will use the equipment, and conduct searches of passengers.
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti)