Russian police bans going to balconies during Putin visit
Police in a northwestern Russian city ordered residents not to approach windows or go to their balconies during a visit by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a regional news website reported.
"A senior official is arriving... Therefore going to balconies or approaching windows is banned, as is using photo and video cameras," police warned in the city of Cherepovets, Fontanka.ru website reported.
Putin visited Cherepovets on Monday for a conference of the ruling United Russia party, which he leads.
In notices posted at the entrances of central apartment blocks, residents were warned that breaching the order "could lead to unplanned situations and responsibility for the consequences will fall on the person who broke the ban."
The Cherepovets police refused to comment on the draconian order.
The Russian leaders are surrounded by tight security that pays little regard to public convenience.
Police regularly block traffic on a Moscow highway to allow the president and prime minister to pass through.
© 2011 AFP