50,000 Attend Olympic Fire Celebrations in Moscow
More than 50,000 people attended events across Moscow to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flame to Russia, Moscow police department said.
“Over 5,500 people attended the ceremony with the participation of the Russian president to light the Olympic flame on the Red Square,” police said.
In total, over 50,000 people attended various related events in Moscow.
The flame, originally lit at a traditional ceremony in Ancient Olympia, landed from Greece at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport earlier and was transported to the heart of the capital.
The Olympic flame will remain in Moscow from October 6-9 before setting for the longest torch relay in history, a 123-day marathon across nine time zones.
A total of 12,000 police, troops and volunteers will maintain security during the events in the Russian capital.