Russia tightens security measures to ensure safety of public, World Cup

. Russia has implemented tight security measures to secure the 2018 World Cup, to be held between June 14 and July 15, all in line with a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The decree imposes a ban on use of drones in stadiums and public sport activities in Moscow, Kazan, Sochi, Rostov, Kaliningrad, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg, Samara and Volgograd – the cities that will host the World Cup matches.

Citizens wishing to visit these cities must register their names at security departments to guarantee maximum security. Restrictions will apply on entry of trucks; a special system was installed for access of individuals and trucks to sport venues.

There shall be no demonstrations, assemblies or protests irrelevant to sport activities, according to the decree.

Russia had previous experiences in organizing big events. The former Soviet Union organized the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1958, attracting some 34,000 people from 130 countries.

The Soviet Union also hosted the Olympic Games in 1980. Russian Federation organized the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 and FIFA Confederation Cup in 2017.

Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, said in press remarks authorities in the Russian capital have been implementing unprecedented security measures to ensure safety of athletes and sport venues.

The security measures, he added, included hotels, offices of FIFA and venues of football teams.

Alcohol will be banned in sport venues.

The Russians are keen on preventing all types of violence throughout the World Cup. They set up an operation room consisting of representatives of 15 ministries and security authorities, with a task of maintaining safety and security of the World Cup.

Alexei Lavrishchev, head of the Operational Command Center for Security, Law and Order at 2018 FIFA World Cup, said the Ministry of Defense was involved in the operation room and would be responsible for security of facilities, airspace and deal with any emergency.

He said security authorities’ engineers would inspect all stadiums before any game.

Lavrishchev did not specify number of security forces but said they would be enough and almost unnoticeable to the public.

Russia has also adopted preventive measures to confront hooliganism, which marred the 2016 European Championships in France.

Major General Anton Gusev, First Deputy Chief of Interior Ministry’s Department for Security of Large International and Mass Sport Events, said authorities were ready to deal and subdue hooliganism if they occur.

He said Russia has set up an international police center in Moscow consisting of security and riot experts from over 40 countries. The Russian police, added, Gusev, would use their expertise to deal with their own countries’ citizens if they breach the law.

“We take a benevolent attitude to those who will come to Russia to celebrate this sports event without breaching the law. We may even put up with some minor infringements committed by our foreign guests, but we are also resolved to act harshly in case of serious crime at any time and in any place,” Gusev affirmed.

Security at transportation means will be tight as well.

Kirill Belyakov, head of World Cup transportation department, said they would be securing safety of fans during their transportation among venues.

He said security forces would be deployed in all train stations in order to guarantee maximum security

Source: Kuwait News Agency