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Woman Rewarded For Aiding Russian Bomb Victims

Experts inspect a damaged carriage of the Nevsky Express near the village of Uglovka in Russia's Novgorod region on November 27-28.
MOSCOW -- An elderly woman who helped wounded victims of the Nevsky Express train bombing last week has received a lifetime railway pension for her actions, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin gave a badge to Yelena Golubeva, 79, on December 2 that made her an "honorary railways worker" and awarded her 50,000 rubles ($1,710) for her contribution to rescuing victims of the terrorist act.

She will also receive a monthly pension of 4,000 rubles ($130).

Russian Railways spokeswoman Marina Popova told RFE/RL that Golubeva's small house is located very near the place where the bomb exploded and the train derailed.

Her home was used by the rescue team to treat wounded people. Golubeva gave her only pair of shoes to one injured passenger and proceeded to help the others barefoot.

Russian Railways said it will also repair Golubeva's house, which was damaged during the rescue operations.

The attack against the Nevsky Express -- a train that shuttles between Moscow and St. Petersburg -- killed 26 and injured more than 90 others on November 27.