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Bomb Threat Shuts Kindergartens on Kamchatka

A bomb threat forced the closure of 45 kindergartens in a city in Russia’s Far East on March 7 while specialists swept the schools for explosives, police reported. No explosives had been found by late afternoon that day, said Tatyana Akuleyeva, spokeswoman for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, situated about 6,700 kilometers (4,200 miles) east of Moscow. A man, identified as retired petty officer Viktor Utrobin, allegedly warned the regional governor late the previous day that he had planted bombs in all of the kindergartens in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the regional capital of Russia’s northeastern Kamchatka peninsula. The warning prompted officials to close all of the city’s 45 kindergartens, and send out specialists to investigate the schools. Utrobin was detained in Governor Mikhail Mashkovtsev’s office shortly after making the threat, Akuleyeva said. She said that Utrobin had been granted a meeting with the governor to discuss children’s issues. Full Story

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