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Russia's parliament calls for stepped-up fight against terrorism

The A321 Russian airliner went down last month in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on boardLegislators from Russia’s two chambers held an extraordinary meeting on the issue after Moscow said for the first time this week that the Airbus plane that crashed in Sinai killing 224 people last month was brought down by a bomb. The gathering in Moscow — that included religious leaders — was designed as a show of support for President Vladimir Putin by the Kremlin-loyal deputies after he ratcheted up air strikes in Syria in the wake of the confirmation of the bombing. Valentina Matvienko, the chairwoman of the upper chamber Federation Council, said lawmakers were “proposing to expand the powers” of Russia’s security and law enforcement agencies and “increase criminal responsibility not only for terrorist activity, but for its moral, financial, informational and other support”.

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