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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Accused Of Train Derailment

St. Petersburg -- Two young men accused of trying to derail a train on its way from Moscow to St. Petersburg were detained Wednesday by police in Bologoye, a village 250 kilometers southwest of St. Petersburg.


The two suspects are residents of nearby villages, and police say they have admitted to intentionally trying to derail the train Oct. 15 in hopes of robbing it.


They partially succeeded: The first coach of the train left the rails, causing a 2 1/2-hour delay. The crash would have been far more deadly had the train not happened to be moving at 20 kilometers an hour instead of its usual 180 kilometers.


"Were the train going faster, several dozens of people would have died in the accident," said Leonid Novikov of the October Railway press office.


The accident led to speculation in the October Railway newspaper, Magistral, that it could have been the work of "the Mole."


A person using this nickname left a bomb at the Baltiisky train station in St. Petersburg a week before the accident at Bologoye. The Mole threatened to derail trains coming to St. Petersburg and carrying foreigners unless his demands were met.


But police say they do not believe the Mole is connected with the two men arrested in the Bologoye incident. St. Petersburg police spokesman Oleg Kiselyov said Thursday authorities have not heard again from the Mole.