Moscow: Stung by the attack on a
hydro-electrical station in the Caucasus, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday threatened to sack officials incharge of
security if there was another militant strike on
infrastructural installations in the country.
He also ordered them to enact a new set of security
arrangements to protect the "soft" targets.
"Law enforcement and security agencies and power
companies, as well as the government, must do all they can to
make sure that such things do not happen again. If they do,
none of the law enforcement, security and energy company
chiefs will keep their jobs. All of them will be sacked," a
visibly upset Medvedev in his televised remarks said.
In a pre-dawn attack yesterday, a group of six
militants had attacked the Baksan Hydropower Plant in the
Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in volatile North Caucasus,
killing two security guards.
Medvedev, who has just returned from Finland,
expressed surprise at the "improper security" of the crucial
installation in "the region where anti-terror operations are
He ordered vice premier Igor Sechin to prepare a set of security measures within one month to ensure the security
of energy infrastructure in the country.