Evacuations Affect Thousands as Bomb Threats Plague Moscow

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Thousands of people have been evacuated from buildings in Moscow amid scores of anonymous bomb threats.

Reports suggest universities, shopping centers, airports and hotels were all impacted within a matter of hours on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

TASS news agency reports Moscow emergency services received about 100 threats, forcing the evacuation of over 50,000 people.

As of this post, the bomb threats appear to be hoaxes, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment about the anonymous phone calls.

Such calls have been coming in for several days, first hitting cities like Stavropol and Chelyabinsk, before arriving Wednesday in Moscow.

One of the messages was broadcast on Russian TV, and according to the BBC, it said, “An explosive device has been placed in the building. Evacuate the people, call the bomb squads. This is not a drill.”

While several theories have appeared in Russian media, the source of the threats remains unknown.