Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a greetings telegram to participants of the all-Russian meeting of deputies and heads of municipal formations-members of the "United Russia" party. The forum of representatives of this pro-governmental party started its work on Saturday in Moscow.
According to the President, the meeting provides "good opportunity not only to exchange opinions on urgent matters of party construction." Vladimir Putin emphasized responsibility of deputies to voters and appealed to meeting participants "to efficiently coordinate their activity aimed at further strengthening of the Russian state and raising standards of living of its citizens."
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building