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Tighter Security For Sochi 2014 Games

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Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev ordered on Sunday tighter security for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which Reuters reports is in the same mountain range that is home to Islamist insurgents determined to carve out a separate state.

Sochi, host of the ice-based Olympic events, and Krasnaya Polyana, 50 km inland where snow sports are being held, is reportedly close to Russia's Muslim provinces of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan; and the North Caucasus region is home to an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus where there are daily attacks by militants due to poverty and the ideology of global jihadism.

According to Reuters, in a new decree on the official site kremlin.ru, the head of the Kremlin said, "additional security measures must be introduced during the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and the 11th Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014". But there was no word on which additional measures will be undertaken.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by the government to oversee the Sochi 2014 Games, said Sunday that tightened security will not cause any inconvenience for athletes and visitors to the Games.

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