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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team killed in a plane crash

September 7, 2011

Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the plane crash near Yaroslavl and to all fans of the Lokomotiv ice hockey team.

Acting on the President’s instructions, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Vladislav Surkov and Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the Central Federal District Oleg Govorun have gone to the crash site.

Mr Medvedev instructed the Government to take the necessary organisational measures and ordered the Investigative Committee and relevant government bodies to do everything necessary to investigate the accident.

The President is changing the programme of his upcoming visit to Yaroslavl for the Yaroslavl Political Forum. Upon arrival in the city on Thursday, Mr Medvedev will visit the accident site to pay his respects to the victims, and will then meet with senior officials from the Emergency Situations Ministry, Transport Ministry, Investigative Committee, and Presidential Executive Office.

The plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team (heading to Minsk to play against Dinamo Minsk) crashed today at 4:05 pm Moscow time. According to the latest reports, of the 45 people on board the aircraft, 43 were killed.

September 7, 2011