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Minsk subway security: What tourists need to know

Metro guards are specially trained to recognize potential violators and just suspicious passengers guided by their behavior and facial expressions, said Dmitry Mlynarchik, police chief of the public order of the Internal Affairs Directorate who is responsible for the protection of the Minsk metro.

By mid-2018, female inspectors at the entrances of Minsk metro stations will be replaced by security inspectors.

This is due to the strengthening of security measures in the subway: now those on duty will have to have more competence and training.

Security services of the subway take regular profiling courses.

This is a technique for assessing and predicting human behavior based on the characteristics of appearance, clothing, look, facial expressions and gestures.

The system of video surveillance, which covers all corners of the subway, helps police reveal and prove the crimes. The subway security service also uses scanners, manual metal detectors, and for extreme cases they have localizers of explosive objects "Fountain": portable containers with an anti-explosion screen, which extinguishes and absorbs the energy of the explosion.

This year, two criminal cases were brought against passengers who carried ammunition in the subway. And almost every day the guards reveal those who are wanted.

There is a myth that if you carry a big bag you will necessarily be checked.

This is not true. "During holidays there are many passengers with large bags and it is clear that everyone will not be checked," says Dmitry Mlynarchik. Often guards are guided by personal intuition, and it works. Sometimes subway guards found cold weapons and cartridges in the pockets of passengers who did not have any bags at all.

The most frequent crimes in the subway are theft, misappropriation of found property, jokes about mining, forgery of travel documents and hooliganism. Suicide attempts occur quite often too. However, unlike in other countries, there are almost no "catches" in Belarus (people riding or moving between cars).

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Minsk metro security: What you need to know