Courtesy of iJet, a commercial Security Intelligence provider:

Increased security and road closures for Easter holiday in Moscow, Russia, April 14-15. Plan alternate routes and allow additional time for travel.

This alert affects Moscow

This alert began 13 Apr 2012 17:02 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Apr 2012 23:59 GMT.

- Event: Increased security for Easter holiday
- Date: April 14-15
- Location: Moscow

Summary

Authorities will impose traffic restrictions in several administrative districts of Moscow April 14-15 for various Russian Orthodox Easter celebrations. Approximately 2 million people will visit Moscow cemeteries, and some 15,000 police will deploy to maintain order and ensure public safety. Expect tight security, document checks, and delays.

Disruptions in Moscow Administrative Districts (0600 to 1800):

- Sergey Makeev Street will be closed to personal vehicles from 1905 Street to Zvenigorodskoye Shosse
- Festivalnaya Street from Leningrad Highway to Lavochkin Street
- Bolshaya Dekabrskaya Street will be closed to personal vehicles from Second Zvenigorodskaya to Sergey Makeev streets
- No double-parking will be permitted along Khodynskaya and 1905 Streets
- Dukhovsky Pereulok, Malaya Tulskaya Street and Luzhnetskyi Proyezd will be closed to vehicular traffic

Advice

Expect other road closures and traffic delays throughout Moscow, especially around the city's 63 cemeteries and 269 churches. Licensed taxis may be in very high demand. Authorities may also impose special security checks at metro stations.

Be aware that petty crime, especially pickpocketing, theft, and assault, increases during special events in Moscow. Criminals may deliberately target foreigners.

Plan routes to avoid closed areas and allow additional time for travel. Be sure to carry proper, current identification documents at all times. Take common-sense measures to reduce the risk of becoming the victim of petty crime. Make copies of important travel and identification documents and keep them in a secure location.

Have a Happy & Peaceful Easter