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    по - preposition

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    Does по mean after or due to/because of in the following sentence? -> Возбуждено уголовное дело по взрыву газа в XXX (name of town).

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    Well, it can be translated as 'of' if you want to do it the "English" way.

    A criminal case of gas exposion has been started.

    Anyway, по in Russian is more about to a movement to/on the surface of something:

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    In other cases it can be translated as "on/about"

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    Quote Originally Posted by iCake View Post
    Well, it can be translated as 'of' if you want to do it the "English" way.

    A criminal case of gas exposion has been started.
    Звучит довольно неестественно. Лучше: A criminal case has been started [over / in relation to / about] the gas explosion.

    To me, "over" or "in relation to" sound much better than "about," but "about" is acceptable. И относительно "хорошему стилю", я здесь писал бы "launched" (дословно "уголовное дело уже запущено") вместо "started".
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    И относительно "хорошему стилю"
    Относительно 1) doesn't work here; 2) requires Genitive.
    So better:
    И, следуя "хорошему стилю"
    И, придерживаясь "хорошего стиля"

    Regarding "по газу", I agree, the meaning could be similar to "in relation to / about".
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