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Russian Security Services Demand More Powers

Moscow, 9 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- As Moscow held a day of mourning for the victims of the 6 February subway train explosion, the country's security services said they need more powers to combat terrorism.

Funerals were held today for some of the 40 people killed in the rush-hour explosion.

Moscow Prosecutor Anatolii Zuyev said it is believed that the blast was a suicide bombing, but investigators are also looking into the possibility of an accident during illegal transport of explosives.

Speaking to new deputies from the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, at a seminar outside Moscow, Federal Security Service Deputy Director Vyacheslav Ushakov said it was necessary to take preventative measures against terrorism, including giving special services extra powers.

Ushakov pointed to the United States, where the national Patriot Act was adopted after 11 September 2001, giving special services extra powers to fight terrorism.

Ushakov said Russia should consider taking such measures also.

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