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Security Of Winter Olympics Questioned

Christopher Coppock |
January 20, 2014 | 9:39 a.m. PST

Supervising Executive Producer

Russia is using more than 40,000 thousand law enforcement officers to try and protect the Olympic Games. (wikimedia commons/Igor Zarembo)
Russia is using more than 40,000 thousand law enforcement officers to try and protect the Olympic Games. (wikimedia commons/Igor Zarembo)
Concerns over the security of the Sochi Olympics continue to rise following the release of a video which threatens the safety of the winter games. 

The video, posted a Jihadi internet forum, says “We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over. If you hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.” 

With the start of the olympics less than a month away, The U.S. State Department felt there is enough risk in attending the games that they issued a travel alert warning U.S. citizens about the potential dangers in the region. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, is confident that the Russian security services are perfectly positioned to protect the Black Sea region from any potential threats, saying they have a perfect understanding of the threat and how to stop it.

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“We will try to make certain that the security measures are not intrusive or too conspicuous, so they are not too noticeable for the athletes, the Olympics’ guests or journalists,” Putin said, “But at the same time we will do our utmost to ensure that they are effective.”

“Security is to be ensured by some 40,000 thousand law enforcement and special services officers.”

“Of course, we will draw on the experience acquired during similar events held in other regions of the world and in other countries. It means that we will protect our air and sea space, as well as the mountain cluster.”

The video comes on the heels of two attacks last month in the city of Volgograd, where one attack on a train station and another on a trolley bus killed more than 30 people. 

In addition to all the security concerns, the Sochi Olympics have been marred with corruption allegations and worries that gay athletes and spectators may be in danger or might even face prosecution. 

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