Moscow police to provide unprecedented security measures at U2 concert
Over 2,000 law enforcers will be providing security on Wednesday at the long-awaited rock concert of legendary U2 in the Russian capital, a spokesman for Moscow police said, RIA Novosti reported.
"Some 2,100 policemen and Interior Ministry's troops will be providing security at the Luzhniki Stadium. Officers of the canine team and their dogs will inspect the stadium several hours prior to the concert," Viktor Biryukov said adding that some 85,000 people are expected at the concert.
All spectators, he said, would have to pass metal detectors installed at the entrance to the stadium.
Biryukov said Moscow policemen will also provide tight security measures at the metro stations located near the Luzhniki Stadium.
On the whole, he added, such security measures are unprecedented for rock concerts in Moscow.
This is the first ever concert of famous U2 in Russia and the musicians arrived in the country three days prior to their performance, which according to organizers is unusual for this band.
On Tuesday, U2 leader Bono met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Besides music they discussed various social and charity activities that Bono and his musicians are involved in.
Bono actively works in fighting HIV and AIDS around the world. He also organizes many charity events along with the other members of U2 as well as other celebrities.