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    OVER 1 MILLION RUSSIANS TO CELEBRATE MAY DAY

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    MOSCOW, May 1, (RIA Novosti) - More than one million Russian citizens are celebrating May Day between the Kamchatka Peninsula and Sakhalin island in the Russian Far East and the westernmost Kaliningrad region on the Baltic coast, reports the Russian Interior Ministry's public-safety service.

    1,297 festive events will be held in 950 Russian cities, involving an estimated 1,313,000 people, the public-safety service's spokesperson noted.

    Some Russians perceive May Day as a holiday of peace, spring and labor. May Day was celebrated in the Soviet Union as the Day of International Solidarity of The World's Working People. Still others consider this holiday to be a big headache. According to the public-safety service's spokesperson, some regional police divisions will be placed on Red Alert. Moreover, police chiefs will be working round the clock in line with special schedules all over Russia; rapid-deployment units and investigation squads will be beefed up; mobile reserves are also going to be established.

    The police will be guarding infrastructure components and strategic facilities, public places, hospitals, clinics and children's homes more closely than any other facilities, RIA Novosti's interlocutor said in conclusion.

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