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Terrorist act in Boston – reason to think over whether authorities take efforts in needed direction – head of United Russia faction

April 16, 2013, 11:18 UTC+3

“We in Russia, probably as few people in the world, can understand this pain, this tragedy," Vladimir Vasilyev said

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MOSCOW, April 16 (Itar-Tass) – A dreadful terrorist act in Boston is the reason to think over whether the state authorities are taking the efforts in the needed direction, Vice-Speaker of the State Duma and head of the United Russia faction in the lower house of Russian parliament Vladimir Vasilyev said at the beginning of a plenary meeting in the 10-minute speech, which the factions are entitled to deliver for political statements.

“It is clear that this blow was masterminded, even the information, which we have now, points to this fact,” the lawmaker said. “We in Russia, probably as few people in the world, can understand this pain, this tragedy, when the residential blocks were exploded, when people were killed in the metro, the sport stadiums were blasted, all this turned in the place of tragedy, and we lost our near and dear,” he went on to say. “The pain of loss in Russia will never end, until all of us are alive, as how many lives and the health of our citizens the terrorists claimed,” Vasilyev said with confidence.

“The terror does not have any nationality, does not recognize any borders, does not spare old people, disabled people, children and women,” the vice-speaker said. “Today we share this pain and the tragedy with the U.S. nation. We offer condolences to those who lost their near and dear and those who lost their health in this terrorist act,” the head of the United Russia faction noted.

“Meanwhile, certainly, here in the parliament we ask the question, whether we did our best to ensure security of our citizens,” Vasilyev stated. “Have we always taken our efforts in the right way? It seems to me that the recent times show that we have major reserves. This kind of tragedy, shock should encourage us to do our best for the protection of our citizens from a real threat, the terror in this case,” he said in conclusion.

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