President Medvedev Opens Rail Link to Resource-Rich Yakutsk

President Dmitry Medvedev today opened a link connecting natural resources rich Yakutsk to Russia’s main railway lines.

The link connecting Yakutsk to Baikalo-Amurskaya railway will allow transport of over 12 million tons of cargo by 2015 and 20 million tons by 2030, Vladimir Yakunin, chief executive officer of OAO Russian Railways, told reporters.

Yakunin said separately that a planned railway bridge over the Lena river may cost $2 billion.

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