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SBD Global/January 17, 2014/Olympics
Report: Rebel Leader Who Threatened To Attack Sochi Winter Olympics Dead
Published January 17, 2014
EXPANDING SECURITY: In N.Y., Lukas I. Alpert reported Russia's parliament "took up a bill Wednesday that would expand the powers of the country's security forces in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, allowing them to search people and cars without a warrant." Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma's security committee from the governing United Russia party, said, "We need strong measures to punish and defend against those who would commit terrorist acts." She "sponsored the legislation, which is widely expected to pass." The draft bill would grant the Federal Security Service, or FSB, "permission to search people and vehicles they suspect of being involved in terrorism -- powers that Russia's regular police forces already have -- and would allow the government to monitor money transfers more closely to stop terrorist financing." It would "also create stiffer penalties for those crimes." The bill could be enacted before the Olympics begin on Feb. 7, "if parliament moves quickly" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/16).