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The New Russian Postman: armed and dangerous

A postman's job has never been an easy one in Russia; it hasn't been the safest one either.

Nowadays, due to the recently implemented law which substitutes welfare benefits with cash, modern-day postmen will have to deliver large sums of money to peoples' apartments.

Our government decided to take care of Russian postmen. According to a special decree signed on Friday by Mikhail Fradkov, Russian mail delivery personnel will soon be handed out firearms. Head of postal services, his/her deputies and some of the postal service personnel will have the right to carry a revolver or a gas gun. Guns will also be distributed among the postal personnel that deals primarily with financial operations.

In addition, all postmen will be equipped with gas guns and electroshock devices. Now all they have to do is to learn how to use all this new equipment. Afterwards, they wil be able to protect themselves against robbers.

According to the State's press-services, Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov has signed the decree “to supply the staff of all organization of federal postal services with military and civilian weaponry and bullets.”

The document states the norms and regulations of gun and bullet supply of the federal postal service staff, reports RIA “Novosti”.

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