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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

All Put in Order for City Day

Itar-TassRows of seats waiting on Red Square on Thursday for the festivities ahead.
Inspections are being conducted, Internet sites searched and illegal immigrants rounded up -- in short, preparations for Moscow's 860th anniversary are in full swing.

The 5,000-plus festivities, 500 of which are to take place in the city center, are expected to draw more than 3.5 million people and will be patrolled by 20,000 law enforcement officials, the city's telecommunications and media committee said in a statement on its web site.

The scale of celebrations is expected to exceed last year's, where some 2 million people attended 3,000 events patrolled by 17,000 law enforcement officials.

The city is going out of its way to provide tight security for the events. The measures are to include the examination of school grounds, which will be inspected on Friday evening, city police spokesman Vladimir Korobkov said.

As an additional measure to ensure public safety, all city law enforcement agencies, as well as the Federal Security Service and the Federal Guard Service, will intensify their efforts, Korobkov said, adding that a central headquarters would be established to coordinate their activities.

Police will search schools and festivity venues, inspecting them with bomb-sniffing dogs beforehand, and examining people with metal detectors as they arrive, the police spokesman said.

As a security measure, beverages in glass containers will not be sold at places where City Day events are being held, and people trying to carry them in will be stopped, Korobkov said.

Three of Moscow's hospitals, Botkin, Sklifosovsky and Morozovskaya, will close their doors to all patients except those injured in the holiday festivities, Citi-FM radio reported.

Moscow's branch of the Federal Migration Service has intensified its work prior to the holiday, seeking to detain as many illegal immigrants as possible.

"More checks are conducted," said Zalina Filimonova, a spokeswoman for the city's branch of the migration service. She said 200 illegal immigrants were detained in one day in three buildings where they lived, near Red Square.

Some of the detainees will be deported, some will be expelled from Moscow, and others will be fined, Filimonova said.

Where to go
Sept. 1

Tverskaya Ploshchad (Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya metro stations)

Noon to 2 p.m. Official opening ceremony and concert

3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Arts festival and concert

Teatralnaya Ploshchad (Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Teatralnaya metro stations)

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. International folk festival

4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Concerts

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dancing

Poklonnaya Gora (Park Pobedy metro station)

2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open-air celebrations with concerts

Tsaritsyno Museum Park (Tsaritsyno metro station)

3 p.m. Opening of restored architectural gems

Sept. 2

Poklonnaya Gora (Park Pobedy metro station)

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. International folk festival

Teatralnaya Ploshchad (Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Teatralnaya metro stations)

2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pop concert

Lubyanskaya Ploshchad (Lubyanka metro station)

2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Military orchestras concert

A complete schedule can be found at

information on traffic restrictions during the weekend's celebrations has been posted at

The Interior Ministry's department in charge of IT crimes will search the Internet for information on possible unauthorized streets demonstrations, said Korobkov, the city police spokesman.

"Unsanctioned meetings, picketing and marches will be stopped and participants detained," Korobkov said.

All illegally parked cars in the vicinity of schools, cultural and sports facilities and sites of City Day events will be impounded by Sept. 1, RIA-Novosti reported.

Parking rules for the weekend may change at festivity venues because of the closure of many major streets in the city center, RIA-Novosti reported.

Other state agencies will work to ensure that nothing darkens the festive mood. About a dozen Air Force jets will be watching the weather from Chkalovsky Airfield in order to disperse clouds, should it be necessary, Interfax said.

Over 66.5 million rubles ($2.6 million) will be spent to mark the annual celebration. The city is planning to spend 18.5 million rubles ($722,000), and 48 million rubles ($1.9 million) is to be contributed by various sponsors, said First Deputy Mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Tuesday.

This year's City Day anniversary coincides with the Day of Knowledge -- Sept. 1, the start of school year. Many of the festivities will be geared toward children because of this coincidence and because 2007 has been named the Year of the Child.

The festivities will include many events providing insight into both Moscow's history and the present.

The sponsors include: Don-Stroi, the Russian Jewish Congress, Mosstroiekonombank, VTB, UralSib, Nokia, Gazprombank and others, the city's telecommunications and media committee said.