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    MOSCOW, December 28, (RIA Novosti) - In the course of today's meeting with North Ossetian head Alexander Dzasokhov Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an assurance that the investigation of the Beslan tragedy would be brought to its end.

    "Beslan is not only the pain of North Ossetia, it is also a blow to the whole of Russia, and all of Russia treated it as such, and it was in this way that it saw this crime," the head of state noted.

    He warned against forgetting about people who suffered as a result of the terrorist attack in Beslan. "I am worried about the situation there and the mood of the people. People are the main asset," the Russian president said.

    He said that a decision of the government of Russia envisaging considerable rehabilitation work to build schools, hospitals, and infrastructure facilities was drafted together with the republic's leadership.

    Putin asked Dzasokhov to describe the situation in the region in general and the situation in Beslan in particular. The head of North Ossetia pointed out that the republic is closely following the course of the investigation which is being conducted by the Prosecutor-General's Office and also the findings of a parliamentary commission. "We are doing all we can to prevent a repeat of the tragedy," Dzasokhov said.

    He said North Ossetia took note of the fact that Putin at a recent news conference described the Beslan tragedy as the most mournful event of the year. At the same time he emphasized the need for state support, and republican-level support for everyone of the 918 saved hostages.

    Still in hospital today are 27 people, who suffered in the terrorist attack, Dzasokhov said. By now a total of 638 people have been given serious medical treatment.

    In particular, the Moscow Serbsky Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry has discharged all patients from Beslan. "Eleven Beslan patients, including four children, yesterday went home. No one of them stayed at the center for the New Year, Anna Serikova, the center's press-secretary, said.

    But in the period between January 20 and 25, 2005, a fresh group of victims will arrive here. Since tragedy in Beslan, the center has rendered skilled assistance to about 60 children and adults.

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