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About 230,000 policemen to ensure public order during VE-Day celebrations in Russia

May 09, 2012, 2:13 UTC+3

Traditionally, on May 9, policemen will be wearing white shirts and full uniform

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MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) —— About 230,000 police officers will secure law and order during VE-Day celebrations on May 9 across Russia.

According to the Russian interior ministry, it is planned to involve more than 213,000 policemen and 14,500 servicemen of the interior troops to protect law and order. They will be assisted by 13,000 members of voluntary public order squads, about 11,000 officers of private security agencies, and more than 11,500 students of police academies.

More than 5,600 mass VE-Day celebrations will take place across the country. It is expected that they will draw up to 7.5 million people.

Traditionally, on May 9, policemen will be wearing white shirts and full uniform.

As Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev warned earlier, such events may draw criminals as well. “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.

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