Moscow police prevent extremist action at air show

MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) — Police prevented an extremist action at the MAKS 2011 air show, during a visit by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the press service of regional police told Itar-Tass.

“Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the show in the afternoon on August 17. As police were taking tighter security measures, they detained a Muscovite, who intended to commit extremist actions,” a police officer said.

No more details were available.

A law-enforcement source told Tass the detainee was an activist of the banned RNE (Russian National Unity) organization.

Also, police detained an Argentinean in a restricted area, who was taking pictures of the facilities in the territory of the airfield.

“The person was handed over to agents of the Federal Security Service Department for Moscow and Moscow region,” police said.

On Tuesday, police detained more than 20 persons on the premises of the Gromov Flight Research Institute, mostly for drunk appearance, petty thefts and hooliganism. “There have been no disruptions of public order,” the regional police emphasized.

On Wednesday, some 20,000 people visited the MAKS 2011 air show, including officials, business persons and industry and science representatives. Some 1,800 police were providing security.

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