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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Stays on High Alert

ReutersPolice guarding Red Square on Thursday, two days after an alert was issued.
Security remained high in Moscow and other big cities on Thursday, even though a nationwide security alert had been called off after one day.

Police with sniffer dogs could be seen guarding Moscow metro stations. But mobile phone service, which had been shut off in the metro all day Wednesday as a security provision, was restored.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov also ordered the police presence boosted on streets and near electricity, water-supply and gas-distribution facilities.

A spokeswoman for the Moscow metro, Yelena Krylova, told Interfax that the number of passengers riding the metro had not gone down in the past two days despite the warning of a possible terrorist attack on public transportation.

The warning was issued late Tuesday by the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, which said information about a possible attack had been received from "foreign partners."

The security alert, imposed Wednesday morning, was called off at the end of the day, with officials saying that no evidence of any real threat had been found.

The unusual efforts taken to inform the public of the possible security threat resulted in 72 reports from citizens of suspicious activities and items left in public places Wednesday, Moscow police told Interfax.

"This is almost four times more than on regular days," a police spokesman said.