The security in the Russian capital will be provided by over 4,600 policemen and additional 18,000 law enforcers will be doing the same in the Moscow Region.© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Astapkovich
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MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) - Over 128,000 policemen will be providing security across Russia during the New Year’s celebrations on December 31 and January 1, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
“Over 22,000 New Year’s festive events will be held across the country on the night between December 31 and January 1. About 7.5 million people will attend the festivities and the order will be maintained by over 128,000 policemen,” the statement said.
The security in the Russian capital will be provided by over 4,600 policemen and additional 18,000 law enforcers will be doing the same in the Moscow Region.
Forestry services have also beefed up their patrols in Moscow Region’s forests to prevent illegal cutting of fir trees, which people usually bring to their houses and decorate for New Year celebrations.
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