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Russian Islamist Doku Umarov Calls For Attacks On 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Published July 4, 2013
MAKING SOCHI SAFE: In London, Charles Clover reported Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov said the Games had taken “unprecedented precautions on security” while constructing Olympic sites. Pakhomov: “I am always worried about security, but I am confident that we have the right measures in place.” The issue of safety "will continue to worry officials," given the proximity of the games to the war-torn North Caucasus region, with Chechnya and Dagestan located just over the Caucasus Mountains from Sochi (FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/3). RIA NOVOSTI reported Russia's federal counter-terrorism officials "pledged safety at the international sports events to be held in the country." The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) said in a statement, "despite calls by various gang leaders … active in certain regions of the North Caucasus, all of Russia’s state institutions, special services and law enforcement bodies are constantly implementing a set of measures aimed at providing security for Russian citizens." The NAK statement "stressed a particular focus on large-scale international sports events" (RIA NOVOSTI, 7/3).