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Over 250,000 Russian police, street patrols to ensure security during New Year holidays

December 31, 2014, 2:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Over 80,000 festive events, including the Orthodox Christmas ceremonial services, will be held in the country until January 10
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MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. More than 250,000 police officers and members of people’s guard will maintain public order during the New Year holidays in Russia, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Over 80,000 festive events, including the Orthodox Christmas ceremonial services, will be held in the country until January 10, with more than 16 million people expected to attend.

Russia’s capital Moscow is due to see the largest festive events during the New Year, which is the most important holiday in the country.

At least 50,000 people plan to gather on Moscow’s Red Square on the New Year’s Eve. More than 2 million people are to take part in other festivities in the city, the ministry said.

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