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    MOSCOW, February 16 (RIA Novosti). The Russian Government eyes plans to bring building companies under stricter liability for poor work.

    We are working on a bill that will make building companies more liable for poor quality resulting in building collapse, Vice Premier Vladimir Yakovlev told reporters after the conference dealing with the tragedy in the Moscow water park last Saturday killing 25, injuring at least 100.

    The Vice Premier called punishment for neglect in building "too lenient" which is only a term of 5 years in prison now.

    He believes that the new bill is necessary to find those responsible for the accident. "There are many firms building and commissioning [buildings], but it's hard to find those accountable for violations", Yakovlev said.

    Technogenic and natural disasters have tolled as many as 20 thousand people in 2003, caused damages measuring up to $65 million.

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