PUTIN: TRAGEDY IN GROZNY MUST NOT AFFECT THE WORK CURRENTLY UNDER WAY IN THE REPUBLIC

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MOSCOW, May 9 (RIA Novosti) - The tragedy in Grozny must not affect the work currently under way in the republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out as he spoke to the Chechen Prime Minister, Sergei Abramov.

The important thing is to prevent this terrorist act from adversely affecting the life of the Chechen public and from disrupting the Chechen government's work toward restoring the republic's economy, Putin pointed out.

He recalled that in accordance with Article 76 of the Chechen Constitution, PM Abramov would be acting as President till the next election.

"I am asking you to organize work in a proper way," Putin said to Abramov, noting that all republican bodies of power were up and running already. He also asked the Acting President of Chechnya to maintain close cooperation with law-enforcement and security agencies.

Abramov responded by assuring that he would do his best to keep the republic going despite the May 9 terrorist act.

President of Chechnya Ahmad Kadyrov was unable to complete the reconstruction work he had launched, Abramov said. "But let me assure you that the republic's population will, with my ministers' help as well as my own, bring their plans to a logical completion." An explosion in Grozny's Dynamo stadium this morning killed Chechen President Ahmad Kadyrov and three other people who were attending a ceremony to mark V-E Day.

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