Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Police presence to increase in Sverdlovsk region ahead of elections

In preparation for the upcoming presidential elections, there will be a greater presence of police officers on the streets of Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region.

The Head of Sverdlovsk Police Garrison Michael Borodin has signed an order beefing up police on the street from Friday, March 2, through Monday, March 5, meaning a 12 hour working day for 25 percent of police employees, E1.ru reports.

On Saturday, March 3, the eve of the elections, 5,185 police officers, as well as 332 representatives of private security companies and 85 guards, will be on duty. On Sunday, March 4, the number of officers will rise to 6,639.

Across the entire country, there will be more than 370,000 police officers, internal troops and members of the public helping to keep order, according to E1.ru.

There will be 2,537 open polling stations in the Sverdlovsk region on March 4, and residents are encouraged to report any violations they witness to the police or through the special hotline number for Research Affairs of Russia's Sverdlovsk region.