MOSCOW, May 1 (Itar-Tass) — Some 230 thousand policemen and servicemen of the RF Interior Troops are ensuring security during the May Day events in the Russian capital.
Law enforcement officers are on high alert during the holiday festivities. The Russian Interior Ministry reported earlier that over 213 thousand policemen and 14.5 thousand Interior Troops, with the help of 13 thousand voluntary people's patrol members, some 11 thousand guards of private security companies and more than 11.5 thousand cadets of the interior academies are engaged in the maintenance of public order.
More than 1.8 thousand mass events were planned in Moscow on May 1 with the participation of some 1.6 million people, according to preliminary estimates.
Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has warned that such events are also very attractive for criminals. “We should not forget that destructive forces during this time may undertake attempts to declared their goals,” Nurgaliyev stressed. According to the minister, police officers maintaining public order and security should be ready for any developments.
As the “number one” task for the policemen the minister determined a set of measures aimed at the prevention of terrorist and extremist actions.