Mass Evacuations in Russian Cities Continue After Bomb Threats

Moscow evacuations

Moscow evacuations

More than 20,000 people were evacuated across Moscow Wednesday after several bomb threats were reported in various locations.

The sites evacuated included the capital's biggest railway stations, more than a dozen shopping centres and at least one university, RT reported. Also, students and teaching stuff were evacuated from the Sechenov Medical University, MGIMO International Relations University and Plekhanov University of Economics.

Numerous bomb threat calls came from Ukraine, according the news agency RIA.

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"This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages", the source added.

A Reuters TV cameraman said he saw police with sniffer dogs checking the building.

Russian Federation has been plagued by a series of anonymous bomb threats over the past four days, leading to the evacuation of at least 45,000 people.

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Security services told the RIA news agency that over 45,000 people were evacuated from public places in 22 Russian cities on Tuesday, adding that numerous calls appeared to have come from Ukraine. "It's possible this could be preparatory work for a serious terrorist attack". "Kursky and Yaroslavsky train stations are still being searched".

Many were city halls, schools and other official buildings, according to local news reports.

Cops in Moscow reportedly received an anonymous call about an explosion in Red Square, according to news agency Interfax.

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Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the Defense Committee in the upper house of parliament, said: "There's never been anything like this before, it's 100 percent organized telephone terrorism".

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