Russian Railways step up security measures

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Russian President Dimitry Medredev announced last year that he aimed to increase security measures at Russia’s train stations. This announcement came before the fatal bombing at Moscow Airport in January this year. Russian Railways have responded positively and have implemented safety measures on their rail transport since.

After their meeting, Russian Railways’ Vladmir Yakunin stated, “In accordance with the President’s requests, 80 metal detector frames have now been installed at all 9 Moscow train stations. 22 have been installed in St. Petersburg and 2 at both Tver and Vyborg stations.”

He also went on to say that Russian Railways employ 93 people from private security companies and that transport police are involved on a daily basis working at stations across the city of Moscow.

A comprehensive safety programme was brought in in July 2010, equipping 34 railway stations with passenger and luggage inspection systems.

Along with Government funding, Yakunin added that the company had used its own funds to install metal detectors at some stations to “speed up the process.” He also said that staff will undergo extensive training in the safety equipment and measures in the event of an emergency.

To enhance security at unclassified rail stations, 41 Class 1 stations and around 90% of Class 2 stations are being equipped with CCTV systems that feed to the law enforcement agencies.

In 2011, 149 stations were placed under the protection of private security organisations at a total cost of 287.6m roubles.

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