Russian railways enhance security for Sochi Games

Moscow, April 2 (IANS) Russia has introduced additional security checks at the entrances of over 30 railway stations a bid to ensure transportation security ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

A “selected number of passengers” will have their luggage checked and screened before taking a train, the Moscow Times quoted a statement from the Transportation Ministry as saying, reports Xinhua.

High-speed trains between Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Vyborg are involved. Several stations in the Far East and Volga river regions as well as major stations in southern cities, such as Sochi, will also be affected.

The sports ministry has drafted a decree to attach background checks to all Olympics attendees. A ticket holder, after obtaining security approval, would have to receive a special registration card.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed security one of the priorities for the Games, which will open Feb 7, 2014, and run through to Feb 23.

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