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Russia checking World Cup volunteers for involvement in terrorist activities

April 05, 11:28 UTC+3

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup

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MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Interior Ministry is checking volunteers that will be working at the 2018 World Cup for their possible involvement in terrorist activities, Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said at the 7th Moscow conference on international security.

"We have set up Russian football information center and regional command and control centers. The law enforcement agencies and groups of football fans accumulate data about risk groups. We are checking volunteers, in particular for their involvement in terrorist activities," Zubov said.

According to the Deputy Interior Minister, the law enforcement agencies have already inspected counter-terrorist protection of the World Cup’s facilities.

Every facility has zones of responsibility for each department of security services. The ministry also established prohibited areas and set restrictions for traffic of vehicles, flights of drones, holding public events.

"I am sure that with the measures we have taken, we will ensure an appropriate level of security, which will be an important milestone in strengthening security and law and order," Zubov said, noting that all shortcomings are being quickly eliminated.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 aforementioned cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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