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After a five-year lapse, the first train from Grozny arrived in Moscow today
According to the press service of Russian Railways, the Northern Caucasus Railway train had a full complement of passengers aboard. The Grozny department of the Northern Caucasus Railway was created in 1946. During the Soviet period, the area that is now the Chechnya Republic was heavily used to carry rail freight to and from Russia and the Caucasus region. In terms of international traffic, the rail link to Iran through Dzhulfa in Azerbaijan was a major thoroughfare. In all, up to 70 million tonnes of freight a year moved south by rail. In addition, there were up to 16 roundtrip passenger trips daily connecting such cities as Kislovodsk, Simferopol, Kiev, Moscow, Leningrad and Astrakhan. At the start of the counterterrorist campaign in Chechnya, 18 railroad bridges, hundreds of kilometers of track and lines of communication and other rail-related infrastructure were found damaged or ruined. In addition, the locomotive and rail-car depots at the Grozny and Gudermes stations had been pillaged and other stations destroyed. Currently, repairs are continuing to bridges and elevated sections of track as well as to power and communication lines. In April 2001 passenger traffic resumed between Gudermes and Moscow. In all, approximately USD 94 million has been spent on the repairs, including more than USD 6 million through April of this year.
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