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by Paul on 06/14/10 at 10:11 AM ET
from Jeff Lee of the Vancouver Sun,
There are also serious security threats to the Games. In Guatemala, Putin pledged the Sochi Olympics would be “safe, enjoyable and memorable.” But many, even inside government, are no longer sure of that. Sochi is near the predominantly Muslim Russian republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, and rebel groups such as Caucasus Emirate continue to fight to create an Islamic caliphate. Last month Alexander Bortnikov, the chief of Russia’s federal security bureau, said he was aware of credible Islamist terrorist threats to attack the Sochi Games.
To add to the pressure, there are also growing concerns about the environmental impact of the construction, both on Olympic venues and an ambitious combined road/rail connector being built between Adler, a southern suburb of Sochi, and the mountain venues at Krasnaya Polyana.
In January the United Nations Environment Programme noted that Russian promises to strengthen environmental protections, enlarge the nearby Sochi National Park and set up new protected areas for sensitive wetlands were not being carried out.
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