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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police for Petersburg Trains

T. PETERSBURG -- Police intend to beef up patrols on passenger trains traveling between Moscow and St. Petersburg during the Goodwill Games to combat a wave of robberies, officials said Tuesday. The overnight trains have become easy targets for criminals, who lull passengers to sleep using drugs or gas to steal their valuables, or simply rob them. Earlier this year, St. Petersburg police set up special squads to accompany the trains. But they must disembark halfway through the 700-kilometer trip when they come to the end of their area of authority. "We have reached an agreement with our colleagues in Kalinin and Moscow regions to provide guards for the trains through the entire distance from July 11 to Aug. 8," said Viktor Korsakov, head of the St. Petersburg railroad police. The Goodwill Games are to be held in St. Petersburg from July 23 to Aug. 7.