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    RAILWAY TROOPS TO BE SUBORDINATED TO DEFENCE MINISTRY SINCE 2004

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 5, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI) -- Beginning with 2004, the railway troops will be subordinated to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Ministry told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    "Sergei Ivanov chaired a session at the Defence Ministry, which discussed this issue, on Tuesday. The re-subordination of the railway troops, which were earlier the structure of federal subordination, is being conducted within the framework of the optimization of the work of power ministries and departments," the Agency's interlocutor said.

    In November 2003 Sergei Ivanov addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin with this initiative. The latter supported him, the source added.

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