The Olympics may be the largest international stage around so it’s no real surprise that they’re a ripe target for terrorist and extremist groups. However, the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are drawing a particularly large amount of attention for the many terrorist threats they’ve been getting.
Sochi, a city in southern Russia, is located on the banks of the Black Sea and also, coincidentally, in the midst of known terrorist hot beds including the Dagestan Republic and Chechnya. Russian officials have struggled against insurgents in the region for several years, and tensions have escalated recently due to the upcoming Games.
A chilling video recently surfaced of two young men—most likely the suicide bombers responsible for the twin bombings in Russia last month—threatening athletes and tourists at this year’s upcoming winter games. There’s also a hunt currently underway for possible terrorists who have already infiltrated Sochi’s heavily-monitored borders.
Despite these risks, the U.S. is sending fewer security experts then they sent to the 2012 London games. Riddle me that, right? But, as it turns out, there won’t be a whole lot of room for them in the city. Vladimir Putin says that around 40,000 members of Russian police and security forces will be on the ground guarding events, athletes, and transportation hubs.
Amped-up security measures have severely restricted outside access to Sochi, but if terrorists have already infiltrated the city (which may or may not be the case)… well that might pose a slightly trickier threat to officials. **GULP**
Yet, most U.S. officials have reported that they are confident in both Russia’s and the U.S.’s security measures. Sadly, in this day and age, terrorist threats aren’t that uncommon.