Protection Service: Kremlin to be closed to visitors briefly next Monday for anti-terror drill

The Federal Protection Service (FSO) will conduct an anti-terror drill in the Moscow Kremlin on October 22, closing Aleksandrovsky Garden, Red Square and Vasilyevsky Spusk to visitors for two hours, the FSO told Interfax.

The exercise will be held in conjunction with other state security agencies, it said.

"The drill aims to perfect mechanisms for warding off terrorist threats, as well as skills to deploy fire-fighting brigades at protected facilities," the FSO said.

Aleksandrovsky Garden, Red Square and Vasilyevsky Spusk will be closed to visitors from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on October 22, the FSO also said.

On the same day, traffic will be limited for periods of not more than 3-5 minutes between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Borovitskaya Square, and on Prechistenka and Mokhovaya streets.

"Visitors' access will be limited to individual parts of Aleksandrovsky Garden on October 17, 18 and 19, when preparations get started for the drill."

The rules for clearing visitors into the Kremlin, the State Armory Chamber and to the Diamond Chamber will remain unchanged, the FSO said.

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