- Title: Security tight in Moscow ahead of New Year
- Date: 28th December 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (DECEMBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) NEW YEAR FAIR IN FRONT OF KREMLIN CHILDREN RIDING CARROUSEL POLICE AT FAIR PEOPLE ON RED SQUARE KREMLIN POLICE BARRIERS ON SQUARE PEOPLE, CHRISTMAS TREE IN BACKGROUND POLICE LETTING PEOPLE ON SQUARE POLICE OFFICER POLICE TRUCKS IN STREET POLICEMEN NEXT TO TRUCKS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, MARINA, SAYING: "A lot of police appeared. I think it is normal (that) security has been reinforced, as more people appear on the threshold of the holiday, it is logical to build up (security)." VARIOUS OF TRACTOR INSTALLING ROAD BLOCK ON PEDESTRIAN STREET ROAD BLOCKS IN FRONT OF BOLSHOI THEATRE POLICE OFFICERS AT PARKING LOT BUS STOPPING NEAR ROAD BLOCK (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, RADIK, SAYING: "I think that reinforcement of (security) measures should take place. If it goes on like this - they (the police) are not visible, they are in a shade so to say - then it is normal, as long as they do not interfere with the celebrations." WOMAN POSING FOR PICTURES (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, IVAN, SAYING: "I can see that they (police) started patrolling residential quarters, they started patrolling the entrance of my apartment block. I think it is right, as the situation in the world is difficult now. Everyone wants to kick us around, Russians, or cause some trouble. So I think it's better to be safe than sorry." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CROSSING STREET CLOSED WITH ROAD BLOCKS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, ALEKSANDRA, SAYING: "To be honest I do not think about it (a possibility of a terror attack) too much. I think if one does not foresee the bad, it will not happen. Essentially security measures are necessary of course, the state should protect its people, but it seems to me everything will be all right." POLICE OFFICER NEAR SOUVENIR BOOTHS SOUVENIRS IN BOOTH FAIR NEAR HISTORY MUSEUM
- Embargoed: 12th January 2017 13:08
- Keywords: Russia security police New Year holidays
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ESS4ZR
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- Story Text:As Russians continue to prepare for New Year celebrations, Moscow authorities has tightened security in the country's capital following the Berlin attack.
Police presence is increased around local Christmas markets and souvenir booths. Strict safety measures are already in place for public spaces in the city.
As more tourists flock the city for the holidays, security barriers have been set up in the center of the capital.
Pedestrian streets are closed off with road blocks, while officers are patrolling popular shopping districts.
Many Muscovites said they approve of the boost of security precautions in the capital.
"As more people appear on the threshold of the holiday, it is logical to build up (security)," said Marina walking down a New Year fair next to the walls of the Kremlin.
According to the state media over 10,000 police officers will secure the safety on the roads during the holidays which will last until January 9.
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