8,700 Police to Ensure Order on Russia Day in, Around Moscow

MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti) – About 8,700 law enforcement officers and volunteers will be deployed in Moscow and around the Russian capital on Russia Day, celebrated on June 12, the Interior Ministry reported.

Some 6,500 police officers, Interior Ministry troops and volunteers will ensure order in Moscow during festive events in the city on Wednesday, the ministry said. The key events are to be held in the city center, including Red Square.

In the Moscow Region, 2,200 police would be deployed during the festivities, an Interior Ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti.

Only 50 percent of Russian citizens know the correct name of the June 12 national holiday – Russia Day, according to a survey by the Levada Center independent pollster.

The survey, published on Monday, indicated that another 30 percent of Russians know the holiday by its previous name – the Day of Signing the Declaration of National Sovereignty, while 7 percent cannot name the holiday at all and 7 percent do not consider it a holiday.


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