Abnormal weather shapes Russia's economy, politics (3)

14:49, August 28, 2010      

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Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the presidential residence Gorki outside Moscow January 14, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)


Food prices have not been the only government concern lately. Smoke from the forest fires blanketed government offices in the capital as densely as it did in the remotest towns.

The Russian Federal Forestry Agency's bureaucrats have been among the victims of the wildfires. The former head of the agency, Alexei Savinov, as well as several regional forestry and emergency ministries officials, shared the fortune of the woods they were supposed to take care of.

They lost their posts after failing to prevent widespread forest fires in 17 regions.

Savinov's successor, Viktor Maslyakov, however, was a "forest king for a day." President Dmitry Medvedev put the agency under direct government authority on Thursday and ordered it to carry out a detailed inventory of the Forest Code.

On Friday, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov instructed Maslyakov to submit a clear-cut action plan within a month. Zubkov also singled out stronger forests fire supervision and tightening responsibility for fire safety violations.

"In general, forest fire situation is settled. However, lessons should be drawn in order not to let it recur," the Itar-Tass quoted Zubkov as saying.

Source: Xinhua
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