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Sochi Terror Threat



I don't know how Russians feel about the Olympics, but American television is already showing a lot of ads and promos for the event. In general, the Olympics are a big deal here. Most people enjoy them and are glued to their televisions watching the events and coverage for almost three weeks. However, this past week U.S. media has been on a mission to instill fear about possible terror threats in and around Sochi. It started at the end of December with the Volgograd bombings, but this week panic reached epic proportions with the release of a new video from Islamic terrorists and the identification of potential "black widow" bombers. Of course, it's normal to discuss terror threats before any Olympic Games but Sochi and Russia are receiving a lot more attention than other Olympic hosts, at least in the American press.

What do you think? Can Russian security forces handle the threats posed by these extremists at the Olympics? If possible, would you attend the Sochi Games?

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inamora
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm indifferent to the Olympics, so I will not go.
And for some reason, Russian security forces have often react after something happens.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
But you're athletic. How can you not like the Olympics? :) You have faith in Russian security forces? I know they deal with these threats from the Caucasus all the time.
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vasya_spb2000
Jan. 22nd, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
I think Putin will make every effort to prevent terrorist attacks. Otherwise it will be his biggest failure in the international arena.
There are a lot of his personal interests, I think that he not be defeated.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Yes, it would be a huge humiliation for him on the world stage if something tragic happens. For once, his egomaniac personality will be put to good use to ensure utmost safety and protection for natives and tourists at the Games, at least I hope!
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geoscholar
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I have considered security to be factor, now more than ever. However, before, hearing about the threat of terrorism, two things were of a concern to me: Money and personal safety. Money because it is rather expensive to travel(at least it is for me). Personal safety is a factor. I don't want to open up a can of worms, but here goes. I've always wanted to travel to Russia. Watching so many travel shows about Russia, and reading about Russia made me want to travel there. I still do. I have a concern because I've also heard about many attacks by Neo-Nazis against persons of Asian and African descent. I'm of African descent myself, so one major concern for me has been personal safety. Apart from that, having read some of the things I've read about Sochi, I would love to see the Sochi Olympics in Sochi for myself.

Hearing about the terror threat is relatively new to me.

Anyway, peacetraveler22, I hope you are safe while you visit Sochi.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Where are you living in America? Well, I already wrote a post about racism in Russia and many natives disagreed that the country is more racist than others. I can only go by what black people living there tell me. Yes, it's expensive to travel to Russia but worth it if you can save enough money and find the time. Truly an interesting and unique place! And Russian mentality, I always say it should be the Eighth Wonder of the World. :))
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leo_sosnine
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I think that it's wise to expect worse here. No. No.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
You do not have faith in Russian security forces? Honestly, I don't live in fear of such things. I work one block from the White House, one of the biggest terror targets in the world. Such tragic bombings can happen anywhere, and in most cases there's little anyone can do to prevent a rogue suicide bomber.
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moonrainbow
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Terrorists are a small danger. Smaller than a plane crash and a lot smaller than a car incident. You wouldn't even notice if not for the media that like bloody pictures and love to provoke fear.

If you want to be scared of, be scared of security. They have already made Sochi into something that is more like a military base than a festivity venue. Some places look as if they want to build a concentration camp. Want to go anywhere? Take your papers, you'll need them more than once. Want to use a train? Get ready to be stripped off TSA-style.

http://pharaon01.livejournal.com/459882.html

This is the railway station by the way. A terrorist won't pass! You, too.

Are you still sure you want more security?

The locals mostly want this damned Olympics to end to bring the city back to normal life.

And no, I will not go. No fun celebrating with so much anti-terrorist hysteria. TV and Internet are my options.

Edited at 2014-01-22 04:16 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
The media sensationalizes everything; however, I didn't think Russian media would focus on the terrorist threats as much as American news. "Stripped off TSA-style..." I don't mind airport screenings in America. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I can't imagine the chaos created when the Olympics come to your hometown. Washington, DC placed a bid for an upcoming summer games and just the thought of it makes me panic. The mass of humanity flooding an already heavily crowded tourist city in summer would be a nightmare!!
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luin_nsk
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
According to common sense the probability of a bombing is higher in places with low security measures. So if there'll be a blow, it'll be anywhere but not in Sochi. Seriously I'm less afraid of a terrorist attack than of a questionable quality of service and construction.
Personally I won't attend a Games - "so little time, su much to do" (c), better to watch the results over Internet or TV :)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
There's been a lot of coverage about poor and hurried construction also, but this takes a back seat to the terrorist threat. It will be interesting to see how Russia is portrayed by American commentators during the live coverage.
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modest_so_zvezd
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
"December with the Volgograd bombings"
I live in Volgograd((
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:22 pm (UTC)
How did local citizens handle these bombings? Are you scared to ride local buses and transport?
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partizan_2012
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
Sochi
1) I think that the Russian security services will not be able to protect their own population and guests of the Olympiad. In my city of Astrakhan, August 19, 2001 was a blast and killed 17 people. The real culprits never found.
2) I think that the Olympic games are held for Putin and his friends. Me, my environment, my relatives, they are not needed. I know that my children does not have a gym in the school. When the Olympic torch arrived to our city, car traffic in the city is blocked by the police and many citizens are not able to do his business, and sat in the house. Permission to run with the Olympic flame had been sold as the shop sells shoes. However, my oldest daughter is very happy Olympics. To the Olympics I'm not going because it's not my holiday.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Sochi
I don't remember any other Olympics with such a widely publicized or lengthy torch relay. Honesty I'm sick of seeing all these reports on LiveJournal from different torch cities. It's a shame Russian citizens view these games as being so corrupt, but I understand why.
andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
Советско-Американское единство
I am indifferent to the Olympics. States use the Olympics as a tool to manipulate citizens. It is a pity that in this case, the US behaves like Russia or China. Victories of athletes are always their personal victories, but the media convince TV viewers that these are sports victories of TV viewers;) Politicians flatter peoples that they are great nations destined for great deeds, stuff peoples with conceit and complacency as housewives stuff christmas turkey. People who believe in their own exceptionalism, imagine themselves entitled to administer justice over others and control their destinies. Of course, politicians use this mindset of citizens to do violence to other nations. Sad picture. Our planet is in need of new ideals:)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Советско-Американское единство
Of course an athlete's victory is their own but many also stand proud on the podium for their nation. Have you ever noticed American athletes crying when the national anthem is played? I do it too when singing the national anthem at sporting events. This idea of patriotism, or true love and loyalty for one's nation is incomprehensible for some but it does exist. Personally, I like the Olympics. The dedication it takes for the athletes to get there and the wide range of emotions from victory to defeat. However, it's a shame the Games are now so commercialized and politicized - not only in Russia but in every country in which they are held.
lara_anna
Jan. 22nd, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
I know that our country is so corrupted that you can buy anyone in the police, so I'm afraid anything can happen.
On the other hand it can happen in any country, just remember the Boston marathon.
And no, I wouldn't go to the Olympics, even if I was paid for that))) Large amounts of people scare me...
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's my mentality also. Such tragedies can happen anywhere, including right here on American soil. You can't live your life in fear of everything. I don't like large crowds either, but for the Olympics I would make an exception.
cherez_dorogu
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
I love Olympics, but I wouldn't go. Begin with terrorist threats, then Russian security measures - keep in mind "politeness" and manners of Russian police, the security measures will make this visit a hell. And then I had chance to get known how the Olympic stadiums were built. There is a high probability that some stadium would just ruin if there are crowd of people in it.
So, we have two big risks (terrorists and breakdown) and one thing is bound to happen (rudeness of security). All these are not very encouraging.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I like the Olympics also! I'm surprised so many readers view them in a negative manner. In any event, it would be an interesting experience to go and observe all of this. I hope Russia shines on the world stage, and that international tourists aren't completely turned off by lack of "politeness" as you say.
maxreiher
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
"Can Russian security forces handle the threats posed by these extremists at the Olympics?"

it's not only about security forces ... it's more about citizen attitude.
See some suspicious call police - it's normal for americans but not for russians.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
It's necessary that citizens cooperate w/police to ensure safety. So, for the Games I hope Russians take a different attitude and report suspicious activities. Such actions have prevented many terrorist attacks in America, though not the Boston bombings which were a major security fail on our national intelligence's part.
serge39
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:44 am (UTC)
I think they can. Besides, nothing ever happens when and where everybody awaits it.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
The element of surprise is now missing because these threats have become so publicized. However, they accomplished their goal of instilling panic with the Volgograd bombings.
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mad_insomnia
Jan. 22nd, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
I am indifferent to the Olympics too. But I think that terrorists is sly and cunning. I can't trust to the Russian security.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hi! Nice to see you here. :) Usually I'm only seeing you in Julia's posts.
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popados
Jan. 22nd, 2014 08:29 am (UTC)
Unfortunnally, I can compare this games with Hitler's Olimpic Games in 1936. I'm not support them.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 22nd, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is a common theme amongst readers - not supporting the Games because of rampant corruption. Pity. I'll be in Russia in mid-February. :) Will you be there, or still overseas?
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