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Russia mourns airport victims


Today is an official day of mourning for the victims of the Monday attack on Moscow’s main airport.

At least 35 people died and 117 of the 180 injured required hospital treatment. Many are still in a critical condition. So far only 20 of the victims have been identified.

Flags will fly at half mast in Moscow and nearby regions. Entertainment programmes will be dropped from television and radio broadcasts, and concerts have been cancelled.

The much-criticised airport security has been stepped up, with all travellers bags now being put through x-ray screening.

There is now speculation the attack was timed to co-incide with President Medvedev’s leaving for the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he is due to seek new investment opportunities for Russia, which is facing a budget shortfall this year. While most observers are pointing the finger at Islamic extremists based in the Caucasus, no-one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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