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Much Ado about Railway Security: Metal Detectors Peep at the Passengers at Moscow Railway Stations
February 16, 2011 13:37

After explosion committed by suicide bomber in Domodedovo airport killed 36 people, safety measures are being strengthened in the airports and at the railway stations in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the biggest Russian cities as well. Efficiency of such measures leaves many questions, but metal detectors appeared at the entrances to the Moscow Railway stations have brought some changes into functioning of Rail transport hubs the traveler should know.

First of all, the passengers now are asked to come to the Railway stations well in advance, because not all the entrances are open and it takes time to enter the station building, because of security screening. Each railway station has worked out its own security measures, somewhere security seems to be more tight, in other less. At some stations they look like simulation. Ria Novosti news agency reporter managed to carry backpack full on nails into Kievsky railway station building. The frame detected metal, but securities did not check the backpack. However, terrorists' bombs contain chopped nails for increasing destruction.

Metal detectors aren't the only one device to appear at the train stations. All the possible screening equipment is awaited at the stations by the end of March. But it does not guarantee, that the terrorists will be detected. Security measures at the railway stations are Russian President's own idea, so it will be realized anyway. It would be well it were effective. But all this fuzz has its merits: all the pimps and prostitutes are removed from the stations.


The merits are tied with the source of innovations. Mr. Medvedev suddenly came to Kievsky Railway station and found that

Kievsky railway station has acquired two passengers portals at the entry and two more at the entry into ticket hall. Entrances into the ticket hall and station building from the platforms are closed.

Leningradsky and Yaroslavsky Railway stations also are equipped with metal detectors. Fortunately, suburban trains are available without screening and search. However, only passengers with tickets can enter the waiting rooms of Yaroslavsky Railway station. Metal detectors at Leningradsky train station create lines of passengers at the entrance of the station. That is especially unhandy, because of rather sensible frosts last few days. Besides metal detectors, many policemen are noticed at this railway station, which serves Sapsan high-speed trains.


Kazansky Railway Station is equipped with metal detectors, but the way from metro station of Komsomolskaya to the station is absolutely free. Metal detectors function next to suburban trains as well, but lack of stuff for screening is obvious. The frames don't provide security, but only peep.

I wish this helplessly peeping metal detectors are not a suitable illustration for helplessness of secret services, police and Russian society in the whole in the face of terrorism.

Author: Yulia Buzykina

Tags: Russian Railways     

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