Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Heavy security for major European poll

More than 20,000 law enforcement officers will be mobilized daily in Moscow to ensure order during next week's Eurovision Song Contest. The Moscow Times reports that authorities are stepping up efforts to prevent possible terrorist acts or other violence during the event. 
And you thought it was just some kind of SBS Television joke!
Not so. This is the major European election of the year with votes coming in from people all over the European continent and Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev is leaving nothing to chance. The ministry will "actively monitor and check" crucial information received both from within the country and abroad, as well as work with both foreign security services and the Federal Security Services to identify individuals plotting crimes "of a terrorist nature" or that could "destabilize the situation during the contest," Nurgaliyev told a meeting of his subordinates, Interfax reported. 
As to the likely outcome of the contest itself, the Crikey Eurovision Song Contest Election Indicator has the following assessment:

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