Russian Railways steps up anti-terrorist checks

The country’s rail carrier is to spend over $125 million on improving safety and protecting its network from terrorist attacks.

It represents an almost five-fold increase compared with the initial outlay for 2011.

The money will be spent on CCTV cameras, metal detectors, and check-points at railway stations in Moscow and in the south of Russia.

Russian Railways is also to boost safety on the high-speed links between the capital, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Helsinki.

The railways have been a frequent target of terrorist attacks in recent years. The bombing of the Nevsky Express in 2009 killed 28 people.

Apart from boosting security on the railway stations, Moscow city hall is to spend more than 60 million rubles on making the Metro safer.

The authorities are planning to install 140 high-tech security scanners at all stations around the metro’s circle line.

Another 112 scanners will be installed in St. Petersburg’s subway, while the Kazan underground is expected to get brand new security systems by 2013. All Moscow stations are to be equipped with security frames by 2014.

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