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    CHECHEN RAIL: MOSCOW-GROZNY ROUTE TO REAPPEAR WITHIN MONTHS?

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    MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - A regular Moscow-Grozny railway route is likely to run again even before next July, Russian Rail Co. says in a press release. Company president Gennadi Fadeyev will soon meet President Ahmad Kadyrov of Chechnya to discuss the terms and practical arrangements of revived rail transport between the federal capital and the republican, adds the release.

    Meanwhile, only one railway route links Moscow with Chechnya-regular trains bound for Gudermes, the republic's second-largest city. There is every chance now to prolong the route to Grozny, whose terminus has restored two ticket offices, which can start work any day.

    The conferees will also appraise prospects to revive regular suburban routes from Grozny to Gudermes and Prokhladny.

    Close on ninety passenger cars perished in the stormy Chechen developments of the preceding ten years. Other things are not so black-a depot has survived in a decent state in Gudermes, and is quite able to serve Moscow-Grozny and suburban trains.

    Passenger safety remains the worst problem for today. It takes an escort armoured train chockfull of soldiers to ensure safe passage in Chechnya, the way it is now, says the release.

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