DATELINE: MOSCOW July 29
In the wake of the July 21 deadly gun and bomb attack at the Baksan hydropower plant in southern Russia, police patrols at energy and other strategic facilities must be reinforced and special equipment installed to identify explosives and radioactive substances.
First Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Sukhodolsky gave the instructions at a session of a task force for crime prevention.
“Sukhodolsky gave instructions to reinforce police patrols and also to supply the personnel in charge of the security of fuel and energy facilities with relevant technical equipment – detectors of explosives and radioactivity, explosion containment chambers, built-in and movable metal detectors,” a statement issued on Wednesday by Sukhodolsky’s press service said.
“During the debate on adopting additional measures to tighten security at top-priority, hazardous and life-support facilities, it was noted that the Russian government had worked out several instructions directly concerning the Interior Ministry in relation to the blasts at the Baksan hydropower plant,” the statement said.
“The recent attack on the Baksan hydropower plant demonstrated the need to plan and implement a set of additional measures to protect strategic facilities from such attacks,” it said.