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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Security Up In Moscow, Events Off

Local and federal authorities have further increased security in Moscow, placing armored vehicles around the city in an effort to prevent possible terrorist attacks after the Chechen siege of Budyonnovsk, a Defense Ministry official confirmed Thursday.

Ivan Skrylnik, a ministry spokesman, said the armed forces had placed about 30 armored personnel carriers at strategic points throughout the city. The Interior Ministry and the Army have deployed a total of 15,000 men, he added. These include about 4,000 paratroopers stationed at Frunze Central Airport and armed with submachine guns.

In addition, police and the military have been rounding up thousands of suspects. The Interior Ministry said 2,000 were detained Tuesday alone. A total of 10,266 people, including 5,129 non-Muscovites, underwent identification checks and searches in the last two days, Moscow police said, according to Interfax.

The troops were deployed Tuesday in accordance with a decision by the federal government, Skrylnik said. He refused to say where the armored personnel carriers are stationed, although some have been sighted at the Kremlin and on major roads leading to the city.

In addition to the added military presence, the Chechen raid on Budyonnovsk last week has also had an impact on Moscow's cultural scene.

Two concerts, by Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi, scheduled for Luzhniki stadium July 8 and 9, have been cancelled for security reasons, according to Tatyana Shevtsova, office manager for Intermedia, which was publicizing both concerts. The ARS company, the concert's promoters, said Monday the concerts would be cancelled because police could not guarantee the artists' safety, since its forces were all engaged in protecting the city, according to Shevtsova.

Police spokesman Igor Tsyrulnikov said he could neither confirm nor deny the report, and an ARS representative would only confirm the cancellation but refused to give a reason.

Moscow police confiscated 68 pieces of military hardware in a two-day raid that included 758 searches, Interfax reported, citing a source at the Moscow Interior Affairs department.