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Tills close at Moscow's metro kiosks as Putin cracks down on threat of subterranean terror

Moscow’s bustling metro kiosks, which have hawked billions of rubles worth of food and goods to passengers since the collapse of the USSR, fell victim yesterday to President Vladimir Putin’s war on terrorism. Under a decree signed by Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, the distinctive kiosks in and around the city’s 165 metro stations were due to be closed down as of 1 October. Officials said some two thousand makeshift stalls had already been “liquidated” and hundreds of people who used to trade outside the stations from trolleys and cardboard boxes expelled. This is the latest in a series of moves intended to improve security in the Russian capital. The kiosks, which sprang up in the early anarchic years of capitalism following the 1991collapse of Communism, are regarded with affection by Muscovites who are estimated to spend up to $400m (£222m) at them every year.Full Story

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