Russia orders tighter Olympic security

The insurgents say they want to create a pan-Caucasus sharia state independent from Russia.

Russia orders tighter Olympic security

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered on Sunday tighter security at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be staged in the same mountain range that is home to insurgents who seek independent Muslim states, Reuters news agency said.

The Black Sea resort town of Sochi, hosting the ice-based Olympic events, and Krasnaya Polyana, 50 km (30 miles) inland where the snow sports will be held, are close to Russia-held Muslim regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.

"Additional security measures must be introduced during the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and the 11th Paralympics Winter Games in Sochi in 2014," the Kremlin chief said in a new decree on the official site kremlin.ru.

It did not say which additional measures will be undertaken.

The insurgents say they want to create a pan-Caucasus sharia state independent from Russia. They view Sochi as "occupied territory".

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


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