The President of Russia signed a decree on strengthening security measures for the time of the Confederations Cup in 2017 and the World Cup in 2018. According to the document, the sale of alcohol in glass bottles and transport work are restricted in participating cities and the order of holding rallies is toughened.
The introduced restrictions occupy nine pages in the document, they come into force from May 9, 2017. Organizers of meetings, rallies, processions and actions should hold them only in the place that local authorities will determine in accordance with the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Limitations will apply to all mass events that are not related to sports.
On the territory of the tournaments introduced a special order of temporary registration. Arrivals must register for three days, not 90, as in other regions. Documents are issued only with personal communication and within a day after staying in the city.
In the restricted areas, which are located near stadiums and are determined by local authorities, a ban on the sale of alcohol in glass containers is introduced. Also, the sale of alcohol in retail stores near the “mass gathering places” was restricted. In these areas, the production of explosive, dangerous and toxic substances will temporarily stop.
The Ministry of Transport will introduce zones of restriction of flights and navigation in the water areas of these regions. Also, cities accepting tournaments will be allowed to enter only those buses that have an ERA-GLONASS system, regional flights or those who have been authorized by the MOI.
The decree is valid during the Confederations Cup – from June 1 to July 12, 2017 and the World Cup – from May 25 to July 25, 2018. In the first case, the matches will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tatarstan and the Krasnodar Territory, in the second – in Mordovia, Rostov, Volgograd, Samara, Sverdlovsk, Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod regions.
Earlier, enhanced security measures were introduced in January 2014 for the duration of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Then, too, restricted rallies not related to sports events, and strengthened security measures on the territory of the Olympic facilities.