Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed Russia's road police chief as deputy interior minister responsible for transport security.
The move comes a week after a deadly terrorist attack on a Moscow airport.
"I have decided to create one more position of deputy [interior] minister who will be responsible for the transport situation and appoint Col. Gen. Viktor Kiryanov to this post," the president said during a meeting with Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and Kiryanov on Monday.
It is not clear whether Kiryanov will remain the road police chief while serving in his new position.
A suicide bomber detonated a device at the international arrivals hall of the capital's Domodedovo Airport last Monday. The attack killed 35 people, including eight foreigners, and seriously injured over 100.
Medvedev highlighted poor security at the airport and pledged to punish those responsible. He has already fired several interior ministry officials, including federal transportation security chief, Andrei Alekseyev.
MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti)