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Russia prepares additional security measures ahead of FIFA 2018 World Cup — official

April 04, 22:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vladimir Markin, who heads the union’s committee on security and interaction with football fans, said the measures will be in place during all football matches under the RFU aegis

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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union will develop additional measures to boost security at stadiums ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a senior official at the union told TASS Tuesday.

Vladimir Markin, who heads the union’s committee on security and interaction with football fans, said the measures will be in place during all football matches under the RFU aegis.

"We held a meeting of the committee on security and interaction with football fans, during which we decided to develop additional security measures at football matches in Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup," Markin said.

"The committee has drafted new recommendations that would be sent to RFU, leagues and authorities responsible for security at the events. Russia will take extensive security measures at stadiums ahead of the 2018 World Cup," he went on.

"Those measures will be in place during all football matches under the RFC aegis," the official added. "The measures were introduced, among other things, due to the tragic events in St. Petersburg."

An explosive device of an unknown type went off at about 14:40 Moscow time at a subway train in St. Petersburg. The Russian Investigative Committee described the blast as a terrorist attack. According to the the Russian Health Ministry’s latest casualty figures, the blast left 14 people dead and 49 injured.

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