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SBD Global/January 13, 2014/Olympics
IOC Member Accuses Russia Of Corruption, Embezzling Funds For 2014 Sochi Olympics
Published January 13, 2014
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U.S. INVOLVEMENT: RIA NOVOSTI reported the FBI "is sending dozens of its personnel to Russia" to help secure the Sochi Olympics. FBI Dir James Comey said that about two dozen agents and other personnel "will be sent to Moscow and more than a dozen others will be based" in Sochi. Some of them "are already there." Comey: "Securing any Olympics is an enormous task. I think it’s particularly challenging in Sochi because of its proximity to areas of unrest and sources of a terrorist threat" (RIA ROVOSTI, 1/10). RT reported Comey "spoke of improved cooperation between Russian and US intelligence officials." Agencies’ cooperation "is nothing new for huge international events like the Olympics, and while a lot of this happens at a classified level of intelligence sharing, it has often been reported in the media about the dispatch of foreign personnel to events in order to assist with security procedures." On Friday, the U.S. State Department "issued a travel alert for Americans planning on attending the winter Olympic Games in Sochi." While no "specific threat" for U.S. citizens is indicated, they "are asked to stay vigilant" (RT, 1/11).
SUSPECTS DETAINED: The AP reported five terror suspects "have been detained" in one of Russia's North Caucasus provinces as the country's security agencies were "scrambling to uproot any potential threat" to the Sochi Games. The raid came in the city of Nalchik, located about 185 miles (300km) east of Sochi. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that the suspects "belonged to an international terror group and were in possession of grenades, ammunition and a self-made explosive device" (AP, 1/12).