RIA Novosti was informed by the Department of governmental information that on Thursday Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed the enactment to establish a governmental commission to investigate causes and circumstances of the TU-154 aircraft crash in the vicinity of Sochi. Secretary of the Russian Security Council Vladimir Rushailo was appointed head of the commission. It was also composed of Viktor Kazantsev, Plenipotentiary representative of the President in the Southern federal district, governors of the Krasnodar territory and the Novosibirsk region Aleksander Tkachov and Viktor Tolokonsky, representatives of the Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Interior, Emergencies Ministry, Federal Security Service, Finance Ministry and Ministry of Transport. According to the information from the department of governmental information, the commission immediately starts working and will provide regular status reports to the President and premiers.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.