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The accident in Moscow on Saturday underscored two major problems in Russia, where alcoholism cuts many lives short and death rates from road accidents are higher than in most Western countries.

“We’ve had a series of monstrous road accidents recently and unfortunately the absolute majority of them are committed in a state of severe alcoholic intoxication,” state-run news agency RIA quoted Medvedev as telling government officials.

“We ought to think about imposing more severe punishment for such crimes,” Medvedev said.

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