Kremlin accused of terror threat cover-up after ordering closure of Red Square for New Year’s Eve

Russia has been accused of a bizarre attempt to cover up terror threats after claiming that a decision to close off Moscow’s Red Square on New Year’s Eve was because a film crew would be working there.

The city’s security chiefs shocked Muscovites last week by declaring that Red Square – the traditional spot for seeing in the New Year – would be off-limits to revellers because of filming commitments.

But the announcement – which came as European capitals received warnings of a Paris-style attack over New Year – drew a baffled response from the film company concerned, which said it had no plans to be there on the night in question.

Suspicions are growing that the Kremlin simply wanted to downplay threats from Isil, which has vowed vengeance on Russia for its campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

  • Well, it wouldn’t be the first time the Russian government lied to its people.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Why would anyone visit a major public space at a time like this anyway?

      • Something to do.

        Why should everyone stop living because Islamists are douchebags?