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The 25th International exhibition of security and fire protection equipment and products
19-22 March 2019 • Moscow, Expocentre Fairgrounds, Pavilions 2, 8

Latest security news from Russia

The Russian economy is growing again, massive construction projects are underway in Moscow, and spending on new security equipment and technology is maintaining levels. Read below for the latest news from Russia.

Moscow to replace 10% of its housing

Moscow’s city government is planning to replace up to 10% of the city’s housing with new apartment blocks - one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in history.

Led by Moscow’s mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, the plan involves demolishing thousands of the Russian capital’s ‘Pyatietazhki’ - 5-storey apartment blocks built in the second half of the last century. The blocks set for replacement currently house over one and a half million Muscovites - so there will be enormous construction work over the next decade to build new housing in the city.

Around 40 blocks have already been demolished, and work on the new ones is underway - future residents were shown around the first few replacement blocks in October 2017. With such large-scale construction and fit-out work necessary to meet the target, Moscow’s building sector is set for a busy decade – and the security market will benefit too. New houses means new equipment, with CCTV, fire safety equipment and systems, and other protection equipment needed in huge numbers to fit out the buildings.

Russian GDP grows 2% in Q3 2017

Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown over 2% in the third quarter of 2017, according to an early estimate by the country’s Ministry of Economy - showing that the country’s economy is continuing its path of stabilisation.

After a tough couple of years for Russia, all the signs in 2017 show that the country is recovering and looking to the future. A 7% rise in the oil price has boosted the rouble, Russia’s currency, leading to increased government revenues, more confidence in the economy - and signs of a recovery in the country’s huge construction sector.

Russian Railways to spend $220m on modernising trains and platforms

In other news, Russia’s state railway company has allocated 13 billion roubles ($220 million) to upgrade trains and stations on its networks. The cash will be spent on 22 stations in total, helping provide new security, surveillance and barrier technology. Not only that, Russia will renovate 17 more of its stations in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup - making sure the millions of fans at the tournament can move around safely and easily.

New safety regulations for Russian high-rise wooden buildings

Wood-based construction has made great strides in Russia in recent years. Now, offices, schools and even apartment blocks are being designed with wood as the primary material - and Russia’s Ministry of Construction is developing new fire safety regulations as a response. The rules will allow wooden buildings over three stories high to be constructed in Russia, and the legislation will govern fire safety of the materials used and the premises in general.

The Russian government has made sure to look to global experience when drafting the laws - high-rise wooden construction is already well-established in the USA, Australia and Scandinavia. This means builders will look to their fire protection suppliers to meet the challenge - creating an opportunity for exporters to Russia.