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Demand for security in St. Petersburg increased after the terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall

On March 22, a terrorist attack took place in the Crocus City Hall near Moscow. The tragic events led to changes in the security sector, particularly in the protection of public events and retail.

The Vedomosti newspaper published an analytical piece on changes in the security sector after one of the largest terrorist attacks in the history of modern Russia. The article points out that St. Petersburg businesses have sharply increased their demand for security staff. Thus, about 300 vacancies for security officers appeared in the recruitment services between March 22 and March 29, which is twice as many as a week earlier. Both security organizations and retailers are looking for employees.

The interviewed experts noted that the increase in demand is associated not only with the tragedy in Crocus City Hall, but also with changes in the legal framework: on March 21, the federal government published a decree that expanded the list of gross violations in license requirements.

At the same time, the shortage of employees also played its role. Evgeny Klimov, the owner of AN-Security, commented to Vedomosti on this point:

"The average age of security guards who come to work in private security organizations is rapidly aging, there are few young people there. Many do not agree to the offer to get a license for the sixth grade rating*."

*Security officers with a sixth grade rating are authorized to carry firearms.
He also explained that due to the unwillingness of most commercial business owners to invest in the security of their own facilities, salaries in the industry tend to be low. This negatively affects the average salary level in the industry, which directly affects the attractiveness of vacancies for jobseekers.

The terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall, according to March 31, claimed the lives of 144 people. The overall number of people affected is 551. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Wilayat Khorasan, the Afghan branch of the Islamic State international terrorist organization. Both are recognized as terrorist entities and banned in Russia.