Moscow authorities are considering the possibility of imposing a curfew because of the mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner PMC, whose forces took Rostov on Saturday night and moved in the direction of the capital.
Since the evening of June 23 in Moscow are checking the basements of houses and allow the introduction of a curfew, reports Meduza, citing a source close to the mayor’s office.
According to him, the curfew allows setting the regime of counterterrorist operation (CTO), in force in Moscow since Saturday morning. It also allows law enforcement officials to monitor all telephone conversations and messages in Internet messengers, disconnect communications, search and seize personal vehicles and property from citizens and break into residential areas.
The decision to impose a curfew has not yet been made, emphasizes the source of Meduza. Nevertheless, security measures have been beefed up in the city: military vehicles were spotted outside government buildings at night, all public events were canceled, and in the morning, checkpoints with APCs appeared at the entrances to the city.
Information about the blockage of traffic at the entrances and exits of Moscow “does not correspond to reality”, said Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. The difficulties may arise from the intensification of the checks, he explained. Sobyanin urged to remain calm and reminded that President Vladimir Putin in an urgent address called for the consolidation of society.
Also, Moscow may be restricted in the work of the Internet, Roskomnadzor warned on Saturday.
“Temporary restriction of the work of Internet resources” is possible in the area of an anti-terrorist operation, the agency’s press service told Interfax.