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    (Reuters) - Russian forces went on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort on Tuesday, exactly one month before the start of the Winter Olympic Games.

    Aware that the success or failure of the Sochi Games will help shape his legacy, President Vladimir Putin has increased security across Russia following two suicide bomb attacks in the southern city of Volgograd which killed 34 people.

    Moscow's most wanted man, the Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov, has urged militants who want to carve an Islamic state in Russia's North Caucasus region to use "maximum force" to prevent the Games going ahead.


    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A0606V20140107

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    Russia: Six deaths, car blast prompt security sweep ahead of Games in Sochi


    Moscow (CNN) -- Russian authorities are investigating six suspicious deaths and at least one car explosion this week about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the site of next month's Winter Olympics, they said Thursday. The deaths in southern Russia's Stavropol territory, which borders the province where the Olympics will be held in Sochi, have prompted security forces to conduct an anti-terrorism sweep there, state-run RIA Novosti news agency said. It's one of the latest moves to address security concerns before the games.


    More: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/09/world/...html?hpt=hp_t2

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      Russian security forces battle militants before Olympics

      (Reuters) - Three Russian servicemen and four gunmen were killed in a shootout in southern Russia on Wednesday during a sweep for militants before the Sochi Winter Olympics.

      Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead gunmen included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year which killed three people.

      Russia in on high alert following two suicide bombings in southern Russia last month that fuelled security concerns before the Olympics, which Islamist militants waging an insurgency in the North Caucasus have threatened to attack.


      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A0E09V20140115

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        Russian police kill Islamist militant leader before Olympics

        (Reuters) - Police have killed a senior Islamist militant in Russia's North Caucasus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where security forces searched on Tuesday for a woman they fear is planning an attack during the games.

        Eldar Magatov, a suspect in attacks on Russian targets and alleged leader of an insurgent group in the Babyurt district of Dagestan, died in a shootout, the National Anti-Terror Committee said on Tuesday.


        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A0L00K20140122

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          In Sochi, athletes hit slopes on eve of opening

          SOCHI — As snowboarders and skiers flew through the Olympic snow in Sochi on the first day of sporting events Thursday, the organizers have attempted to respond to intensifying criticism of the first Winter Games in Russia.

          In the wake of the Games, major opposition figures in Russia have accused the government of excessive expenditures that have yielded questionable results, which many have attributed to rampant corruption.

          In an effort to respond to the criticism, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the government's point man for Sochi Olympics, presided over a major news conference at the Main Press Center in the Olympic Park on Thursday.

          More: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/sochi2...r-Critics.html

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