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Russians and visitors welcome 2014 in Red Square

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 - 01:08

Dec. 31 - Russian revelers and tourists welcome 2014 in the country's famed Red Square amid tight security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of people headed to Red Square in central Moscow to celebrate the arrival of 2014 on Tuesday. Revelers passed through several layers of security to enter the square, stopping at multiple metal detectors manned by Russian police and enduring detours on streets to control crowds. Many people traveled to the Russian capital specially to join the celebration that took place just a day after a deadly attack in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that prompted nationwide security alerts, but revelers said they felt safe and shared their hopes for the new year. People who came to the square said they were drawn by the time-honored Russian tradition of ushering in the new year by the chime of the Kremlin clock tower bells. Following the soft chime of the bells, the crowd in Red Square cheered and shouted New Year greetings as fireworks exploded from behind St. Basil's Cathedral. People used mobile phones to capture the firework show on camera.

Russians and visitors welcome 2014 in Red Square

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 - 01:08

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