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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Police Step Up Security

The Moscow police, concerned about possible terrorist attacks in the capital, have announced they are stepping up security in response to events in the North Caucasus.

"Security will be tightened in state institutions and crowded public places," said Alexander Cherednikov, a spokesman for the Moscow police.

Additional police patrols will be brought in at the Moscow metro, and above-ground transport will also be checked more thoroughly. Vacation time for some police officers may be canceled, Cherednikov said.

But police for now will not be walking additional beat patrols, he said, and the authorities do not plan yet to bring extra Interior Ministry troops into the capital.

Other Russian cities are taking similar measures, Interfax quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying.

During the Chechen war in 1996, Moscow city police were put on alert after two separate explosions tore apart two trolleybuses, injuring 30.

Officials at the time concluded that both blasts were acts of terrorism perpetrated by Chechen rebels. Neither of the attacks was solved.

The new security regime might be a cause for concern for Moscow's Caucasians, who already face discrimination and document checks from police.