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Moscow to beef up security for Victory Day festivities

May 04, 16:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A military parade will be held on Moscow’s Red Square on Friday, May 9

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MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. As many as 12,000 policemen, National Guard members and volunteer auxiliary law enforcement will provide security in Moscow on May 9 during the Victory Day celebration, Vladimir Chernikov, Head of the Moscow Government's Department on Regional Security and Countering Corruption, told TASS on Friday.

A military parade will be held on Moscow’s Red Square on Friday, May 9, along with an Immortal Regiment march, fireworks displays and festive programs in Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill and at other public places. Based on previous experience, roughly 10 million people are expected to take part in the celebratory events throughout the city, Chernikov stated.

"Plans are in store to deploy a group of 12,000 individuals - 4,500 policemen, 5,500 National Guard members and 2,000 people’s guards’ members (auxiliary police volunteers) - to maintain civil order and security during the festive events dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Measures will be taken to tighten security at checkpoints and beef up examination procedures at mass celebration venues," Chernikov said, specifying that K-9 units will examine all venues of mass events and then take over the safeguarding duties.

One hundred and fifty heavy vehicles and special engineering constructions were used to limit road traffic around mass gathering sites.

"Officers from the police cavalry regiment, who will do the patrolling, will be on watch at all park grounds. Tourist police officers will be walking the beat at Zaryadye Park and along Moscow’s pedestrian streets. They will be keeping order and conferring with city guests, in English if needed," the department head stressed.

In addition, police and private security departments, as well as departments of public law enforcement agencies, will be keeping a watchful eye on the monuments of military honor, memorials and burial places of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) on a round-the-clock basis.

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