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Old Jun 7th 2016, 08:55 PM
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Moscow's subway system, the Metro, has been targeted several times by terrorists over the last decade:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Febr..._metro_bombing
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augu..._metro_bombing
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010...Metro_bombings



In 2013, the FSB arrested a man, and killed two of his accomplices, who was planning yet another terrorist attack on the Metro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI4wEO2Vpug

Violent crime has also been an issue down there



The authorities here have responded to this with an unprecedent ramping up of security measures.

Muscovites have now grown accustomed to passing through metal detection gates upon entry into Metro stations and, in some cases, also having themselves swept with a detector wand by transport police or Metro's own security personnel


At increasing number of stations, especially near sensitive government buildings and areas, submitting your bags for an airport-style X-ray cheque has become routine


I have read a man on a Russian forum wonder if he will soon have to submit to a bloody strip search as part of his morning commute to the office lol Another in turn joked that he, as a middle aged male, has nothing to worry about: the strip searches will be reserved for the young women hehe

Cameras are also everywhere in large numbers

including in every train car now


More and more being installed every day


Soon enough, it is said, they will have just about every corner of the Metro system, an enormous underground city, by the way, spanning the area of Moscow itself, under constant electronic suveillance


Transport police numbers have been boosted, so they now have enough manpower to patrol every station


Even a dedicated tactical anti-terrorist unit has been formed which trains in close quarters combat, hostage rescue, and bomb disarmament in the specific underground environment of the Metro



You would think it would all make for an impregnable system, right?

Wrong.

The FSB has announced today that over last 8 months, it has been testing the security of the Moscow Metro by sending in undercover agents carrying concealed mock-ups of suicide belts. Of the 54 "suicide bombers"... 4 were actually caught and detained. 50 potential terrorists with bombs were able to enter and roam the system freely! To avoid bias of stereotyping, the agents used were of various ethnicities and both genders. The gender and ethnicity of agents who were caught is not specified.

The FSB points out just a few of the problems they claim to have observed: many of the fancy new pieces of security equipment, such as the X-ray machines, are operated by personnel not adequately experienced or even trained to do so. The aforementioned ethnic bias is certainly prevalent: in cases where the security employee was unsure of what his equipment was reading, a Slavic agent, particularly a woman, would simply be waved through; while a minority, especially a Muslim from North Caucasus, would, at least, still get pulled aside and examined some other way (because they are seterotyped as criminals and terrorists; again, they do not say, but I am betting the four guys caught were Chechens or Dagestanis ) There are issues with the equipment itself. The metal detectors, for example, seem to be reacting erroniously to trains passing underneath them!
https://life.ru/t/%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2...em_miesiatsiev

Translation of LifeNews article in (bad) English: http://rushincrash.com/forces/for-ei...uicide-bomber/

Basically, the Metro administration has created a visual impression of powerful security measures, but wether these measures are actually functioning has been put into serous question today...

Needless to say, there will be a HUGE brouhaha now. The Metro will have to pay a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $80,000) for each failure in this test, each of the 50 FSB agents who slipped through their security measures.

They are defending themselves, arguing that judging the system this way is unfair, since FSB agents possess professional spy/saboteur training not available to most regular criminals or terrorists. Which is true. But, one has to prepare for the worst, most skilled attackers, no?

Likely they will have to rehaul the whole thing. Expensive, that will be...

On a positive note, they are making smart phone chargers available at every station: http://appleapple.top/in-the-moscow-...r-smartphones/

That should make some people feel better lol
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Old Jun 8th 2016, 07:03 PM
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This is what is called "security theater" - the idea is to look like you take security serious in order to make the voters happy. Actual security is way too hard, so the 'appearance' of security is where its at.
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Old Jun 9th 2016, 12:27 AM
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This isn't unique to Russia. Far from it. The Belgian government (with the infamous Flemish Nazionalists) have succeeded in drawing attention away from it but the fact remains that the terrorists who blew themselves up in Brussels National Airport were let in by the military. Not by some dumb cops or even dumber private security but by the military.
We're now in a situation where the security apparatus tracks everyone all the time but apparently fails precisely when it matters. Funny business that. I genuinely don't know whether it's incompetence, passive or active complicity or something else altogether but the fact remains that this security frenzy does NOT serve its manifest purpose. That much is crystal clear and undeniable.
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This isn't unique to Russia. Far from it. The Belgian government (with the infamous Flemish Nazionalists) have succeeded in drawing attention away from it but the fact remains that the terrorists who blew themselves up in Brussels National Airport were let in by the military. Not by some dumb cops or even dumber private security but by the military.
We're now in a situation where the security apparatus tracks everyone all the time but apparently fails precisely when it matters. Funny business that. I genuinely don't know whether it's incompetence, passive or active complicity or something else altogether but the fact remains that this security frenzy does NOT serve its manifest purpose. That much is crystal clear and undeniable.
Yeah, but I'll bet those 'security' companies are making a bundle doing it.
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Old Jun 10th 2016, 07:16 PM
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Yeah, but I'll bet those 'security' companies are making a bundle doing it.
That is true. Private security contracts on the Metro are very lucrative, big money...
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