Joint Patrols in Moscow High-Crime Areas

TASS reported that more than sixty joint army-police units were patrolling the streets in high-crime areas of Moscow. General Nikolai Mirikov of the Ministry of Internal Affairs told AP that each patrol would consist of a policeman, an army officer, and two soldiers armed with bayonets but that there would be no tanks or armored personnel carriers in the city. TASS quoted a senior Moscow police official, Vladimir Vershkov, as saying the patrols were armed with pistols and rubber batons. No joint patrols were reported in Leningrad. The Leningrad City Soviet had condemned them, saying they could become a destabilizing factor (Radio Moscow, February 1).