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Medvedev orders safety checks after boat tragedy

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A solemn Dmitry Medvedev has declared Tuesday a national day of mourning after Russia’s worst river accident in years.

The Russian president said the boat appeared to be in poor condition, warning there were far too many “rust tubs” in use.

Ordering thorough safety checks on all passenger transport, he said: “The number of old vessels still being exploited in our country exceeds the acceptable amount.”

“If there haven’t been any incidents until now, it does not mean they are not possible,” he told a hastily-convened meeting of senior ministers.