Russia is in preparations to become the mother of all Olympic games in advance of their first-ever turn at hosting the Winter Olympics. Spending over 50 billion dollars, they are creating a Winter Wonderland for athletes participating in Sochi as they transform the popular Black Sea resort into a winter oasis. Officials are going so far as to store snow under thermal covers in the event there is not enough for competition. The favorite vacation destination for President Putin, he is determined that the Olympics in Sochi will be successful.
It seems that someone has forgotten that phrase, “Location, Location, Location”.
Sochi is located at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains – Europe’s highest mountain range that includes Chechnya and Dagestan-homeland to the Tsarnaev brothers (aka -the Boston Islamic bombers). Sochi is also bordered by Georgia, with whom Russia was engaged in a brief war in 2008, and of which there has been no restoration of formal diplomatic relations. Georgia, however, has accepted Putin’s offer to take a role in security. There have been concerns, voiced by some observers that Islamic militants from Russia who have fought together with Syrian rebels could return home and try to take revenge against Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Security will be unprecedented. Drones will be overhead, robotics will be searching for explosives throughout different sporting venues, high-speed boats will be on the Black Sea, and tens of thousands of extra police will be deployed to provide security. Anyone wishing to attend the Sochi Winter Games will be asked to voluntarily register personal details with the Russian authorities first, according to organizing committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko, to certify “he is a well-behaved fan”. Russian officials have said that they have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi will be “the safest Olympics in history.”
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