14 September, 2017
More than 45,000 people have been evacuated from airports, schools and government buildings across Russian Federation over the last two days, amid a wave of fake bomb threats that officials called unprecedented, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
The hoaxers' targets have included GUM, the flagship department store on Red Square that faces the Kremlin, as well as railway stations, airports, shopping centers, universities, hospitals and hotels.
Since September 11 dozens of schools, universities, malls, railway stations, airports and government offices have been evacuated and inspected by law enforcement in big cities all over Russian Federation - from Kaliningrad in the West to Vladivostok in the Far East.
An emergency services source told news agency Tass: "Evacuation has been conducted at 30 facilities, with a total of 20,000 people taken outside".
Terrorists have earlier rocked Moscow on two occasions.
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"It is 100 per cent organised telephone terrorism", Mr Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Defence Committee in Russia's Upper House of Parliament, said in a phone interview.
At least five cities were targeted by bomb scares in the Russian Far East, Interfax reports. Three more Siberian cities evacuated shopping malls, government offices, schools and hospitals.
The Interior Ministry and Security Council declined to comment.
Bomb threats were also issued for Moscow's three railway stations - Kazanskiy, Leningradskiy and Kievskiy. Initial reports indicated the evacuations might have been some kind of exercise.
Numerous bomb threat calls came from Ukraine, according the news agency RIA. Sniffer dogs were deployed to the sites of the threats.