The Russia Police have set up metal detectors at a popular gathering spot for football fans in central Moscow.
Nikolskaya Ulitsa has become the de facto 24-hour party area during the World Cup. But the non-stop merriment is also a place of heightened risk for harassment at nighttime.
Moscow authorities have placed metal detectors at Nikolskaya as a security safety measure until the tournament is wrapped up on July 15, a senior Moscow City Hall security official said Thursday.
“We’re taking a number of measures in connection with the mass gathering of people on the street,” Vladimir Chernikov, Moscow City Hall’s head of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities told the Govorit Moskva radio station.
Even with the metal detectors, the Police made assurances that fans will still be able to access the party street.
Chernikov spokeswoman Yelena Romanova told the RBC business portal that the “authorities do not plan to block Nikolskaya.”
City Hall’s Chernikov stressed that the mayor’s office is “doing everything to make people feel comfortable in the city.”