Security for U2 show in Moscow

Moscow, Aug 25 (PTI) Russia will provide unprecedented security for the maiden show of the legendary Irish rock band U2 in the country at a stadium here by deploying over 2,000-strong police force.

Under their 360 degrees global tour, U2 is visiting Russia for the first time.

“Some 2,100 policemen and Interior Ministry”s troops will be providing security at the Luzhniki Stadium. Officers of the canine team and their dogs will inspect the stadium several hours prior to the concert,” Moscow police spokesman Viktor Biryukov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

About 85,000 spectators would have to pass metal detectors installed at the entrance to the stadium, where the group will perform tonight.

Extra security arrangements are being made at Moscow metro”s oldest Red Line passing through the stadium area and for six hours tonight transfer to the key transit station for the Ring Line ”Park Kultury” route will be closed.

Biryukov said such security measures are ”unprecedented” for a rock concerts in Moscow.

This is the first ever concert of famous U2 in Russia and the musicians arrived in the country three days prior to their performance, which according to organisers is unusual for this band.

Yesterday, U2 leader Bono met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Besides music, they discussed various social and charity activities that Bono and his musicians are involved in.

Bono, who actively works in fighting AIDS around the world, requested Medvedev to recommend some Russian company, which could market his Red items, proceeds from which could go to charity fund for HIV infected people, Moscow Times reported.