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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Freight Blocked by Derailment

The derailment of a train between Moscow and St. Petersburg this week will further delay shipments of Russian goods, including refined oil products, to Estonia, Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin said Wednesday.

"The October Railway [in northwest Russia] has been presented with additional work. All our resources are concentrated on dealing with this accident. The planned repair work will continue," Yakunin said.

"That stretch of line had been quite seriously neglected and apart from that, we are having a rethink of the demand for the development of infrastructure on the route to our northwestern ports," he said.

"This will require effort and resources, so all that taken together is leading to such a serious delay."

Russia opened a terrorism investigation Tuesday after a bomb derailed an express train between Moscow and St. Petersburg, overturning carriages and injuring dozens of passengers.

The accident happened about 500 kilometers north of Moscow and 170 kilometers from St. Petersburg on the October Railway, which is also an important route for cargoes to Russian Baltic ports as well as ports in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Russia cut shipments to Estonia in May, citing planned repairs on the route, but political analysts suggested the move was a reaction to Tallinn's decision to remove a World War II monument to Soviet soldiers from the city center.