Russia beefs up security in preparation for Sochi Olympics

Nov 6, 2012; Sochi, RUS; An exterior view of the construction of the Main Press Center and the International Broadcast Center in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games during the costal cluster venue tour during the world press briefing. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Although the head of Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee said last year that, with regards to security measures, “nothing extraordinary will be employed” for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the nation has done an about-face on their security policy in light of the recent bombings in Volgograd. Now Russia is implementing what’s being called one of the biggest security operations in Olympic history, deploying more than 30,000 police and interior ministry troops to the area and restricting vehicle access.

Vladimir Puchkov, Russia’s Minister of Emergency Situations, provided some details:

Starting January 7, all divisions responsible for ensuring the guests’ security at the Games are being put on combat alert. Every facility will be put under protection and a space-based monitoring system will be launched (Inside the Games).

Tuesday was also supposed to be the start of the ban on all protests not directly tied to the Olympics, but Vladimir Putin repealed that ban last weekend.

[Source: Inside the Games]

Topics: Russia, Security

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