Moscow metro to be equipped with surveillance cameras

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MOSCOW, July 18 (RIA Novosti) - The head of Moscow's metro system said today surveillance cameras would be installed in every wagon of the metro's circular line this year.

"The anti-terrorist protection program for Moscow's subway will be ongoing until 2007," Dmitry Gayev said at a news conference in Moscow. "One billion, seven hundred million rubles (over $59 million) in state funding will be allocated for its implementation."

The program calls for a surveillance system throughout the entire Moscow subway system.

"We will arrange a system of complete surveillance [where personnel are not always present]," Gayev said. He added that it would be possible to monitor passengers in every metro wagon.

Gayev said research and development work, which had continued for several years, was finished and "protective mechanisms" were being installed.

He also said passengers would not feel the impact of the new security system. "There will not be tougher ID checks," he said. "The new system is meant to discourage criminal activities in the metro."

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