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SBD Global/January 28, 2014/Olympics
IOC President Says Sochi Olympics Athletes Should 'Speak Out, Not Disrupt'
Published January 28, 2014
SECURITY THREATS: In London, Heather Saul reported U.K. officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Winter Olympics. A threat assessment "has named a Caucasus group, Imarat Kavkaz (IK) as causing the main danger." However, the document also questions whether the group is "capable of targeting the event within such a narrow time frame." It also noted that the IK "has not attacked non-Russian interests previously and focuses its fight on Russia, not the West" (INDEPENDENT, 1/27).
HOMOSEXUALS 'WELCOME': In L.A., Nick Holdsworth reported Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov said in a TV interview that there are "no gays" living in his city, emphasizing that gay visitors are welcome at the Games as long as they "respect the law." Pakhomov, a Kremlin loyalist and member of ruling party United Russia, told the BBC that gay visitors to Sochi were welcome as long as they did not "impose their habits on others" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/27).