As a first step, Russian Railways (RZD) is to install a system using video and thermal imaging to monitor the entire 650km Moscow - St Petersburg main line. Mobile groups will be on hand around the clock to rush to any perceived danger. Mr Vladimir Yakunin, president of RZD, says the surveillance system will be independent of external sources and impossible to switch off. However, he also called on people living near the line to be vigilant. "Assistance is necessary in such situations," Yakunin says. "In the west, dozens of ladies would call police if a stranger appeared all of a sudden." Yakunin also says that steps will be taken to make passenger coaches safer, as many passengers were injured by flying debris on the Nevsky Express.
Russian president orders tighter railway security
PRESIDENT Dmitry Medvedev of Russia has ordered more stringent security measures on the rail network following the bomb attack on November 27 against the Moscow - St Petersburg Nevsky Express in which 26 people were killed and 92 injured. The president says the order involves "not only social, economic and security issues, but also sets a tight deadline for investigating terror attacks." Medvedev says the investigation into the explosion is a "matter of national importance" and "all necessary resources" must be put into solving the investigation.