Is Sochi Going to be Safe?
I hope they do. Maiming and mutilation should happen to no one, but given Russia’s track record with terrorism, honestly, don’t count on it. As was recently demonstrated, Sochi itself may not be the main concern, but it may be the transportation hubs networking throughout the rest of Russia and leading to the games.
“The terrorist attacks in Volgograd on December 29 and 30 are an ominous sign that the decision to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi may lead to one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of the Olympics.”
“Many of the 120,000 persons expected to visit the Olympics do not realize that they are walking into what effectively is a war zone.”
There you have it. The suicide attacks are right on schedule with Chechen separatist leader Doku Umarov’s directives. This is no surprise to anyone familiar with the region.
Our kids grew up in southern Russia and the northern Caucasus. I remember reading a U.S. State Department travel advisory before we left for the adoption trips. It recommended that no one travel to such areas. Since then, there was a cease-fire of sorts between the separatists and Russia, but now the terrorists are calling for an escalation in attacks.
And Russia seems incapable of stopping them, despite its $50 billion investment in the games.
Satter rightly refers to the 2002 Moscow theater hostage situation where Russian forces tried to free the almost one thousand hostages and ended up killing 129 hostages right away with poison gas.Â They didnâ€™t perform much better in 2004 during the Beslan school attack, where grenade launchers and flame throwers killed 334 hostages, hundreds of which were children.
So it might be the terrorists attacking you, or the rescuing Russians who might kill you.
New Year’s celebrations in Russia were reportedly low-key this year as smart locals opted to stay away from large gatherings and avoid public transportation. That’s what I would recommend to any potential Olympic visitor: just stay home.
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