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President Putin's address to the nation in the wake of the tragic events in Beslan
Kommersant cites the reaction of Russian experts and political figures to President Putin's address to the nation in the wake of the tragic events in Beslan. Vyacheslav Nikonov, president of the Politika Foundation: the president meant obvious things - the prevention of an ethnic explosion in the North Caucasus; purging and strengthening the secret services, and consolidating the Federation. He also pointed out the external enemy - Islamic extremism. Nikolai Kharitonov, chairman of the Agro-Industrial Union, State Duma deputy: now we should demand tougher measures, i.e. the introduction of capital punishment not only for terrorism but also for transporting and storing explosives. However, there was nothing specific in this area. And how can people be consolidated if the authorities themselves use political terror against the opposition? Oleg Aksyonov, retired police major general, former head of the Interior Ministry's information department: I expect the president to set up a serious anti-terrorist department with broad powers, and introduce serious legal amendments. I expect him to take new steps, which are perhaps unusual for our society, similar to those used by Israel. I also expect the president and the Foreign Ministry to seek the extradition of terrorists sheltering in the West. Yelena Drapeko, a member of the Communist faction in the State Duma: Putin has acknowledged the problems with the power structures. Their efforts have not been co-ordinated after re-organisation. They will try to bring order to system of registration and carrying identification papers.
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