Moscow: Over 2,000 strong police force
would be deployed for the security of legendary Irish rock
group U2`s sole show at Moscow`s main stadium tonight.
Under their 360 degrees global tour, U2 will be
visiting Russia for the first time.
"Some 2,100 policemen and Interior Ministry`s troops
will be providing security at the Luzhniki Stadium. Officers
of the canine team and their dogs will inspect the stadium
several hours prior to the concert," Moscow police spokesman
Viktor Biryukov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
About 85,000 spectators would have to pass metal
detectors installed at the entrance to the stadium.
Extra security arrangements are being made at Moscow
metro`s oldest Red Line passing through the stadium area and
for six hours tonight transfer to the key transit station for
the Ring Line `Park Kultury` route will be closed.
Biryukov said such security measures are
`unprecedented` for a rock concerts in Moscow.
This is the first ever concert of famous U2 in Russia
and the musicians arrived in the country three days prior to
their performance, which according to organisers is unusual
for this band.
Yesterday, U2 leader Bono met with Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
Besides music, they discussed various social and
charity activities that Bono and his musicians are involved
Bono, who actively works in fighting AIDS around the
world, requested Medvedev to recommend some Russian company,
which could market his Red items, proceeds from which could go
to charity fund for HIV infected people, Moscow Times