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Old Jul 2nd 2014, 09:22 PM
MeMyselfAndI MeMyselfAndI is offline
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Default Moscow Metro security, complicated question

Down in Moscow's Metropoliten, our huge subway system, you can encounter all sorts of personnel tasked with maintaining order and security.

There is the police, the MVD Transport Division

They have dog units

and even their own anti-riot squads down there

(you see a lot of these guys out in force during big football games, when many drunk and rowdy fans and "hooligans" ride the lines, lots of fights and such during that time)

The police are reinforced by private security guards

from a number of companies, the biggest being ChOP (private security agency) "Kalibr"
The private guards have the authority to arrest, but are not allowed to carry firearms, only police can do that.

There are also guards from the municipal government-owned "Metro Security Service"

There are also the "red armbands", the volunteer citizen patrolmen

mainly young guys with nothing much better to do, who mostly go after those they perceive as illegal immigrants (i.e. anybody who doesn't look Slavic enough lol)

There are also the "Controllers"

They work for a government-owned company called "GKU Transport Organizer", and their job is to "control" that everyone pays their fares. They check tickets.

Of all those, again, only the police are allowed to carry guns. From guards, volunteers, and lately even some of the Controllers, however, you can certainly expect truncheons, pepper spray, and electric shockers, as well as handcuffs.

There are also the women in red hats, the station attendants. There are several per station, couple patrol the platforms

others sit in booths at the bottom of the escalators

while others yet watch the turnstiles at the entrances, to ensure nobody tries to jump over without a ticket, and if they do, quickly summon police or guards for help and catch the cheating bastards

The Metro can be a violent, dangerous place, especially in the late hours

It takes all those people above to maintain a semblance of order and safety down there.

There is controversy, however. For example, some human rights activists object to private guards and civilian volunteer patrolmen being allowed to arrest people. What do you all think? Is that indeed unreasonable?
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