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Officials in the Russian capital say new public toilets, to be introduced by the end of the year, will be virtually indestructible.
With basins made from ultra-strong fibrous concrete, and fittings hewn from a mixture of steel and reinforced plastic, officials say the state of the art WC’s are vandal and terrorist-proof.
“If somebody will leave a bomb inside the lavatory and it explodes, then the toilet won’t be destroyed,” said Anatoly Ashikhmin, an official involved in the project from the Moscow State Department of Building Maintenance.
The drive to introduce bomb-proof toilets in the city follows a spate of deadly bomb attacks in recent years.
In the most recent incident, a suicide bomber struck Moscow’s main airport killing 37 people.
The high tech facilities, say officials, will also be kept above 16 degrees centigrade (about 60 degrees Fahrenheit), important in a city where winter temperatures often plunge below -30 degrees centigrade.
City officials say an extra security feature of the new unisex toilet is that members of the public will be able to spend a maximum of 30 minutes inside before the doors automatically open and an alarm sounds.
Oh no!!!! This will send mccusa into his usual scatological frenzy. I am not opening this topic anymore.
Seems like you are the one talking scatology.
“If we find terrorists in the toilet, then we’ll blast them in the toilet. ” (Putin 1999)
MOSCOW, June 6 (RIA Novosti) – A police officer died when a bomb, which had been planted in a toilet, detonated in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, a law enforcement spokesperson said on Saturday.
The blast occurred early Saturday morning, when the officer went to use a toilet located some 20 meters from a police post, the spokesperson said.
So, if the purpose is to kill the cop who is using the toilet then this new toilet only helps the terrorists by containing the blast and therefore making it more deadly to the occupant. Oops.
But it wouldn’t hurt a passerby.
Why should one want to spend thirty minutes in a toilet?
If the toilet is nicer than one’s house.
Do those toilets also have any features to educate people to use them in an appropriate way? This seems to be a major problem in Russia, much bigger than terrorist attacks…