In a New Year’s Eve address, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to “fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation.”
Officials are braced for more attacks after suicide bombers killed more than 34 people in Volgograd on December 28-29.
In Moscow, security is tight amid the festive atmosphere. The Russian New Year is the country’s biggest holiday.
Local resident Lyudmila Tarkhanova said she understood that the measures were necessary, explaining: “I support all of these security controls because we, the ordinary citizens, need the security. But one can still feel unprotected, and it is dangerous,” she said.
Sergei Shterman, another local resident, said: “In general, our secret services work well. But these kinds of events (attacks) are difficult to predict because in all countries, no matter how well prepared the security forces are, they can happen. After all, our secret services will learn, and I think during the Olympic Games, there won’t be any (attacks).”
The attacks in a railway station and on a bus have put the country on edge ahead of the Sochi Games, which are due to start on February 7, 2014.