A number of shortcomings at sites of Astana vulnerable to terrorist threats have been identified on the eve of EXPO

1 May

Akimat of Astana held a meeting on the issues of securing the facilities vulnerable to terrorism under the chairmanship of the deputy akim of the city Andrey Lukin. This was reported in the press service of the akim of the Kazakhstan capital.

"The meeting was attended by heads of law enforcement agencies, heads of objects vulnerable to terrorism as well as heads of private security organizations. The parties noted the particular urgency of ensuring the safety of the population of the capital and tourists on the eve of the international exhibition EXPO 2017. According to the Department of Internal Affairs of Astana and the results of the inspections, a number of shortcomings were revealed concerning the engineering protection of facilities, the security system, facilities and personnel's readiness to take first actions in the event of the threat or commission of terrorist crimes", - the akimat said.

Based on the results of discussions, the heads of objects vulnerable to terrorism and private security companies are given recommendations on financing measures provided by law.

"At the same time owners of enterprises are strictly responsible for the life and health of personnel and visitors from threats of a terrorist nature. The safety of citizens at all sites vulnerable to terrorism have been taken under special control of the city authorities", - the press service said.

Let us remind that with the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 coming up, Astana police launched an operational preventive campaign (OPC) aimed to increase the level of law and order and public security, stabilization of the criminal situation in the capital of Kazakhstan. Within the framework of the peacekeeping operations in the place of residence, persons who are on the preventive list of the internal affairs bodies are being inspected. Owners of firearms and hunting weapons are subject to an inspection for compliance with the rules for storage and registration of weapons. The police reported that 1319 earlier crimes, including 14 murders and 97 robberies, had already been solved within the framework of the republican campaign.

It should be noted that starting from March, 15 one more OPC named "District" is being held in Astana. It will last until June, 1. During the raids about 400 police officers and the National Guard will visit the residents of the capital and check registration at the place of residence and temporary registration. As the guards say, they are more concerned with the problem of homeless and beggars in the streets of the capital on the eve of the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017.

Not only people are responsible for the safety of EXPO 2017 visitors - 35 service dogs that are trained to find drugs and dangerous substances and as the cynologists have assured they are ready for service at the exhibition.

Earlier, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, held a meeting with the Chairman of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and instructed the security services to ensure security at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. A short time later antiterrorist exercises organized by the National Security Committee were held on the territory of the exhibition.

Moreover, an on-site session of the interdepartmental commission (IDC) on security and law and order during the preparation and holding of the world specialized exhibition was held on the territory of EXPO.

It also became known that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan informed that anti-ramming devices are available in case of a terrorist attack during the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. This was reported by Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Police Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Talgat Musakanov

Photo by Konstantin Lazarev.

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