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Russians on Edge After Record Wave of Bomb Hoaxes Sweeps Country

  • Called-in threats force over a million people to evacuate
  • Kremlin-controlled national television has ignored the issue
Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court following a bomb threat evacuation on Dec. 11.
Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court following a bomb threat evacuation on Dec. 11.Photographer: Artyom Geodakyan/TASS via Getty Images

More than a million Russians have been caught up in the worst wave of bomb threats in years, sending people to social media for information about events largely ignored by Kremlin-controlled national television.

While all of the threats to date have been hoaxes, bomb squads have descended upon schools, airports and shopping malls to investigate the calls, according to news reports from around Russia. In Moscow alone, more than a million people have been evacuated since Nov. 28, according to Interfax.