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13 Sep 02:35 PM UTC

Russia: Evacuations in Moscow and other cities Sep. 13 (bomb threats) /update 1

Bomb threats trigger additional evacuations in Moscow and cities across the country September 13; source and credibility of threats remains unclear

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2017, 1:26 PM until 9/21/2017, 1:26 PM (Europe/Moscow).

COUNTRY/REGION Russia

Event

Bomb threats forced further evacuations across Russia on Wednesday, September 13. In Moscow, police reportedly evacuated several shopping centers, and the Kazansky, Kursky, Leningradsky, and Kiyevsky train stations in the afternoon. Evacuations of public buildings also took place on Wednesday in Irkutsk, Petropavlovska-Kamchatsky, Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Chit, Yakutsk, Blagoveshchensk, Saratov, Kemerovo, and Abakan.

Transportation delays should be expected in affected areas. Further evacuations are possible throughout the country in the coming days and an enhanced security presence across the country is to be anticipated.

Context

Beginning on Sunday, September 10, anonymous bomb threats and reports of suspicious objects triggered evacuations of public buildings, including train stations, airports, schools, universities, shopping centers, and administrative buildings, in cities across the country. Investigations continue into the source and credibility of the threats.

Russia has experienced a series of terrorist attacks and continues to crack down on terrorist networks. On Monday, August 28, two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants were shot dead after stabbing a policeman to death. On August 19, another man stabbed seven people in the city of Surgut before also being shot dead. IS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Advice

Individuals in Russia are advised to remain vigilant, to report any suspicious behavior or objects, and to follow instructions as issued by local authorities. 

As a reminder, most Western governments advise against travel to Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia, as well as areas along the border with the Ukrainian oblast (province) of Kharkiv and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky, and Kursky in Stavropol Krai due to security concerns.