In connection with the actions of Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Wagner PMC, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee announced the introduction of a counter-terrorist operation (CTO) regime in Moscow, the Moscow and Voronezh regions.
At 6:00 Moscow time, the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, announced anti-terrorist measures in the capital and warned of additional control on the roads. Already at 9:00 a.m., a CTO regime was introduced in Moscow, in connection with which previously announced mass events were canceled in the capital. Sobyanin also noted that there are no restrictions on entry and exit from the city. At 18:15, he asked the citizens and the capital “to refrain from traveling around the city as much as possible. It is possible to block traffic in certain blocks and on certain roads.” He also declared Monday, June 26, a non-working day.
The Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office warned that in connection with the CTO regime, restrictions may be introduced in the city, including the use of personal transport and means of communication.
Governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov at about seven in the morning asked local residents not to travel by personal transport in the south of the region and not to leave the region. He assured that “the situation is controlled by law enforcement agencies and the FSB.” At 11:40 he announced the CTO regime in the region. Proms and other mass events were also postponed in the Moscow region.
The Governor of the Voronezh Region, Alexander Gusev, addressed the residents of the region in the morning with a request to temporarily not use the M-4 Don federal highway and other regional and local roads, as well as not to use private cars. Mass events in the region have also been cancelled. Later, M-4 was completely blocked. Peculiarities of the CTO regime The CTO regime is a special legal regime that is introduced on the basis of the law “On Combating Terrorism” to minimize the consequences of potential terrorist attacks. The regime implies a number of measures and time limits. Thus, during the CTO, the authorities receive the following powers: Read more Features of the CTO Regime The CTO regime is a special legal regime that is introduced on the basis of the law “On Combating Terrorism” to minimize the consequences of potential terrorist attacks. The regime implies a number of measures and time limits. So, during the CTO, the authorities are empowered to: – check documents, inspect people and cars; — restrict the movement of cars and pedestrians; – to strengthen the protection of public order and facilities that “ensure the vital activity of the population”; – suspend the provision of communication services or restrict the use of communication networks and means of communication; – monitoring telephone conversations and “other information transmitted through the channels of telecommunication systems”; – Restriction or ban on the sale of weapons and alcohol; – the introduction of quarantine; – the ability to freely enter apartments and residential buildings for participants in the CTO to “implement measures to combat terrorism.” Also, the authorities get the opportunity to seize the transport of private and public organizations in order to deliver people who need medical care to hospitals.
Situation on the roads
The Governor of the Voronezh region announced the closure of the section on the M-4 “Don” from the 464th to the 777th km of the highway. Drivers are asked to take a detour on regional and local roads. Interregional flights from the Central and Left Bank bus stations have also been suspended. Buses do not go to the south of the region, as well as to Yelets and Lipetsk.
Rosavtodor reported that four sections of roads in the Rostov region and the surrounding regions were closed. Among them is a section of the A-135 highway – the Northern entrance to Rostov-on-Don from the M-4 “Don” highway, sections through the M-4 “Don” to Novoshakhtinsk with access to Lugansk, A-280 from Rostov-on-Don to Taganrog and Donetsk. There is also no traffic on the section of the A-260 Volgograd – Kamensk-Shakhtinsky highway with an exit to the LPR.
The government of the Lipetsk region announced that traffic on all exits to the M-4 Don highway located in the region is limited. Buses from the region to the Voronezh region have been canceled until further notice. Bus service to Moscow and Tula is also temporarily limited. The operational headquarters of the region recommended that residents of the region refrain from traveling by personal and public transport.
The Governor of the Lipetsk region, Igor Artamonov, said that the equipment of the Wagner PMC is moving around the region.
“Law enforcement agencies and authorities, including those in municipalities, are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the population. The situation is under control. There are no failures in the operation of critical infrastructure,”
– said Artamonov.
At the same time, roads began to be dug up in the region so that military equipment could not pass through them.
“In a number of sections, the roadway was intentionally damaged – it was dug up by excavators. Radical measures have been taken to completely stop the passage of vehicles along the highways, ”the RBC edition quotes the regional operational headquarters.
Later, the Baza Telegram channel posted a video in which one of the dug up roads is being dug up so that vehicles can pass through it again.
This has already been confirmed by the governor of the region.
The Governor of the Moscow region Vorobyov said that additional checks are possible on the roads of the southern direction, and recommended, if possible, not to travel in the south of the region by personal transport. Checks have been strengthened at the entrances and exits to Moscow. The regional government reported that from the Moscow and Lipetsk regions, transit along the M-4 is temporarily limited in both directions. The Ministry of Transport near Moscow asked to refuse trips on the M-4 and M-2 “Crimea”. Also, the ministry warned about the blocking of the bridge across the Oka on the Simferopol highway in the Serpukhov region.
The authorities of the Kaluga region have restricted the movement of vehicles on regional roads in the territories adjacent to the neighboring regions: Tula, Bryansk, Oryol and Smolensk.
Preparation of the capital
RIA Novosti reported that at a number of entrances to Moscow on the Moscow Ring Road, security measures are being strengthened. So, a checkpoint with an automatic heavy grenade launcher, an armored personnel carrier and several trucks was set up in the Yasenevo area. In addition, traffic police officers stop cars and check drivers’ documents.
The headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation is located in Yasenevo.
At another entrance to Moscow, in the area of Lipetskaya Street, on the M-4 Don highway, a convoy of trucks was put up, an OMON vehicle with fighters is nearby.
On the evening of June 24, the press service of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced that agreements had been reached with Yevgeny Prigozhin, against whom a case of armed The same.
Later, Prigozhin himself announced that he was deploying the columns of his private military company – according to him, they were leaving for the camps according to the “plan”.