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Moscow Defends Handling of Blasts

Flags flew at half-mast across Moscow on a rainy Tuesday as city officials defended their handling of the double suicide bombings at a rock concert that killed 14 people over the weekend. Inna Svyatenko, a senior member of the city’s security committee, told reporters that the authorities decided to let the Krylya rock festival continue to prevent a stampede at the Tushino airfield among the 40,000 attendees. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov defended his decision not to cancel the city’s annual beer festival, which started Saturday. “We did the right thing by sending a clear answer to the terrorists that they will not be able to intimidate us or destroy, stop or spoil the city’s life,” Luzhkov said at a City Hall meeting that began with a moment of silence. Critics have said the city’s actions were potentially dangerous and disrespectful to the victims. Full Story

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