Russian Children Evacuated From Schools Second Week in Row Due to False ‘Mining’ Reports

On January 13, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to conduct inspections in more than five regions of the country in connection with false reports of “mining” schools. This order follows the active start of such reports since January 12 and its non-stop continuation till the present day. 

Picture: RIA Novosti

As reminded, since November 2019, a wave of “mining” of various objects has been observed in Russia. Unknown people send emails with information about bomb threats in kindergartens, schools, shopping centres, shops, universities, train stations, and airports. Most of these letters were reportedly sent from abroad. The FSB of Russia reported the blocking of several foreign resources from which they came.

Bastrykins’ order was announced by the Investigative Committee’s official website. The same source stated that such instructions were already given in the Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tver, and Sakhalin regions.

Though the great investigation was ordered to be just started on January 13, it was already reported that false anonymous messages, because of which schools, universities, children hospitals and other organizations in the Sverdlovsk region were evacuated on January 12, came from abroad. According to the press service of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Sverdlovsk region, the attackers tried to “destabilize the socio-political situation in the region.”

“The Federal Security Service of Russia for the Sverdlovsk Region will continue to respond to such messages to ensure the safety of the population of the region and objects of potential criminal encroachments from external and internal threats,” the Department added, as quoted by Interfax.

In addition, today, on January 21, the Head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksenov, said that it is senders from abroad who spread false information about mining Crimean educational institutions.

“Reports of mining are actively received in Simferopol, Kerch, and the Soviet district. All services are involved in the morning. I gave the command – to free all children from classes and teams from work. I can only say that the messages are coming from abroad,” Aksenov said.

Here you can see the brief reports on the mining of schools in different regions of Russia:

January 12th: 

  • A number of universities and a conservatory were evacuated in Yekaterinburg after receiving reports of mining. The number of schools in Yekaterinburg that were evacuated on Wednesday due to reports of mining increased to 151 out of a total of 163 schools in the city.
  • More than 1 thousand students and teachers of Gymnasium No. 24 of the city of Stavropol were evacuated due to reports of mining of the building.

January 13th:

  • School students in Krasnoyarsk are being evacuated due to information about mining. In total, staff and students were evacuated in more than 100 schools in Krasnoyarsk (111 schools).
  • All schools in Arkhangelsk have been transferred to distance learning due to reports of possible mining.
  • The administration of Saratov cancelled classes in all schools of the city due to the evacuation of students after reports of mining of educational institutions.
  • All schools in Samara were evacuated after receiving a message about mining.
  • The Stavropol Education Committee received an anonymous letter about the mining of all schools in the city.

January 14th: 

  • Evacuation of students and staff of two schools is taking place in Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug) due to reports of mining.

January 17th: 

  • Evacuation of students and staff of several schools is taking place in Krasnoyarsk.
    Gymnasium No. 1 in Yekaterinburg was evacuated due to information received about mining.
  • The number of schools in Rostov-on-Don that received anonymous messages about the threat of a terrorist attack that day has increased to 92.

January 18th: 

  • Anonymous reports of mining were received in three schools and one kindergarten in the city of Korsakov in the south of Sakhalin.
  • Evacuation of students and staff of several schools is taking place in Krasnoyarsk (a total of 122 for this day). The Ministry of Internal Affairs takes all schools of the city under round-the-clock protection after a series of false reports about mining.
  • Children are evacuated from schools in Birobidzhan after reports of mining of institutions.
    The message about the mining of schools was received by the administration of Khabarovsk, evacuation from all educational institutions is underway.
  • Sevastopol schools have received anonymous messages containing threats of a terrorist act.

January 19th: 

  • Anonymous reports of mining were received in five schools and the children’s department of the Korsakov hospital in the south of Sakhalin.
  • Evacuation of children and staff from all kindergartens is taking place in Krasnoyarsk due to reports of an explosion threat.
  • Reports of mining have been received in hundreds of schools and preschool institutions of the Volgograd region.
  • Reports of mining were received in educational institutions of the Pestovsky district of the Novgorod region.

January 20th: 

  • An anonymous message about mining was received in all schools, lyceums and colleges of Magadan.
  • Three schools in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad region, were evacuated due to reports of mining.
  • All schools in Tyumen were evacuated due to reports of possible mining of buildings.
  • Classes of the first and second shifts in all schools of Chelyabinsk were cancelled due to false reports of mining.
  • The message about mining was received in eight schools of Ivanovo, students and staff were evacuated.

January 21st: 

  • An anonymous message about the mining of schools and the children’s hospital of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was received by operational services on Friday.
  • Students were evacuated from 14 schools in Simferopol after receiving e-mail messages about mining.

On this map, you can see the cities of Russia where false reports about school “mining” were received. The map marks are based on the above-written list and do not include all reports existing. But even so, the amount is quite impressive.

Picture: Russian regions undergo constant attacks of false reports about laying mines in schools, kindergartens, hospitals and other facilities where can be children.

According to the Head of the Russian State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Vasily Piskarev, on January 19, 2022, the Committee will discuss with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB what other changes need to be made to the legislation to combat false mining.

Ru-Main, 21.01.2022
Source: TASS 

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