You can see here at the Olympics in Sochi Russia Co-0peration, Unity. Dreams of participants, believing their dreams and striving to achieve their dreams to become a reality. Wonderful to see a world coming together in the area of sports .
As we know then outside the norm there is always a group trying to destroy the dreams of the participants and try to destroy the great event Olympics. Every four years we see this wonderful event of unity.
Read this article and be proud that Russia President Putin himself is making sure nothing upsets the event Olympics.
Over the years I have always held Vladimir Putin in high regard it is a wonderful situation for a person who has back bone, a strong leader for his people and he is a good example of what other countries should be doing. Russia has a Democracy but it is a restrained Democracy not falling into the chaos that exists in the West. The West really has gone to far in Democracy and Freedom. We see that in America, Australia and other Countries.
Letting people have complete freedom in all areas in our countries forgets that people basically will mostly try to look after their own interest even if other people are hurt. The great lesson is the World Crisis 1998 caused by America people, financial areas and particularly using the poor people to build up their wealth. A disgrace and yet the financial World go on as though they are not at fault. In Europe the countries spent years trying to hide their depts., financial but financially they had to face the reality.
Russia once again in their restrained democracy did not allow Russia financial institutions to be tainted and if the USA, America had it would have also ruined Russia.
So credit to President Putin and his team. Of course their are issues but order of society is better then chaos. We see chaos all around the world cause by so called democracy.
The world need strong leaders with back bone and Vladimir Putin and his team give us a good example how a country should be run. In spite of what the good doers say about freedom. There is no such thing as true freedom. People need constraints to stop them from destroying the world.
Olympics striving for the best is also part of the Religious World. All around the World, Churches, Denominations, About, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Members and some individual Churches has tens of thousands of members and the foundation is usually Worship Services in singing , music. These Churches are simply outstanding in atmosphere trying to push people to achieve with God and in their own lives.
having the positive
as typical people, Denominations, Ministers, Pastors, Laymen, Leaders in fact are corrupt, False People claiming to be called by God but in fact they have been called by their own minds. God would say, I have never called them. Unfortunately millions of people are caught up in this web of deceit. They milk the membership and claim that God will bless them for their contribution which is usually money from their membership into their own organisation.
No imitation of the God, Jesus Christ I, and others service.
so once again freedom democracy has allowed Religious Organisation leaders cheat their own members the same way as countries around the world cheat their own citizens of a good life.
That once again leads me to say, in the Religious world, there should be constrained freedom. Why should membership of denominations be cheated and millions are.
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Sochi Winter Olympics: Terrorist threat hangs over Games as ‘combat-ready’ Vladimir Putin steps up security
Posted Wed 22 Jan 2014, 6:12pm AEDT
For a Russian leader famed for his action-man outdoor photo opportunities, it was a relatively tame affair; president Vladimir Putin gliding down the slopes near Sochi, the Black Sea resort city and host of the 2014 XXII Winter Olympics.
But as a confidence-building exercise, Putin-on-skis was a hard sell. The dark shadow of terrorism hangs over Sochi before the Games have even begun. In recent weeks a wave of bombings and shootings has rocked Russia’s troubled North Caucasus region, which for the Russian government lies uncomfortably close to the Olympic city.
Islamist separatists have declared war on the Games and all who attend them, vowing to rid Sochi of “the Satanic Games”. In response, an on-piste President Putin vowed that the Winter Olympics would be safe from this threat.
Russia has poured a staggering $US50 billion into the Games, which start on February 7, and Vladimir Putin is determined to see this investment pay off.
Sochi will host more than 10,000 athletes and officials, 10,000 media workers, 50,000 Games support staff, and potentially hundreds of thousands of Russian and foreign visitors.
The Games will be held inside a vast exclusion zone, controlled by a 47,000-strong police and military security force that will also draw on a curious blend of 19th century Tsarist tradition and 21st century technology; hundreds of colourfully dressed Cossack volunteers will mingle among the crowds, while surveillance drones circle overhead.
This force will protect Games venues located in two security “clusters”. The “Coastal Cluster” on Sochi’s Black Sea waterfront will host the opening and closing ceremonies, skating, and ice hockey, while the “mountain cluster”, 60 kilometres from the city centre, is where the alpine events will be held.
In addition, tens of thousands of troops will secure the rugged mountain range to the east of Sochi, and, to the south, Russia’s border with Georgia.
The scale of this force is unprecedented; double the size of the security presence at the 2012 London Olympics. And it will all be co-ordinated by the Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the Soviet-era KGB.
Mr Putin, a former KGB officer before entering politics, has cast a professional eye over arrangements.
“We will protect our air and sea space as well as the mountain cluster,” he assured international media during an interview on January 19.
“A special regime for movement of people and goods was introduced in the Greater Sochi area starting from January 7, 2014. I hope that it will be arranged so that it will not be evident and… will not depress the participants in the Olympic Games.”
The Caucasus Emirate and Russia’s public enemy number one
This extraordinary cordon-sanitaire has been engineered to foil Russia’s public enemy number one; 49-year-old Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, the self-declared emir of the Caucasus Emirate.
Known in Russian as the Imarat Kavkaz (IK), this Al Qaeda-affiliated group emerged from the crucible of Caucasus extremism in 2007, although Umarov has played key roles in the bloody fight against Moscow’s rule for nearly 20 years.
The Caucasus Emirate is an umbrella organisation, a federation representing a range of militant factions over which Umarov wields ultimate control.
He aims to create a fundamentalist Islamic State in an area invaded by Russia during the 18th century. The modern North Caucasus region is located between the Caspian and Black Seas, and comprises the Russian republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Adygea, Ingushetia, and Karachay-Cherkessia.
The area is home to a patchwork of predominately Muslim communities with a range of competing nationalist agendas.
This political powder keg was detonated following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Two bloody separatist wars were fought in Chechnya, while neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan have also endured violent upheavals.
Islamist separatists took their fight to Moscow in 2002, when a theatre hostage siege claimed more than 130 lives. In 2004, separatists seized a school in the Northern Caucasus town of Beslan, where 334 people were killed, including 186 children.
“They have perpetrated some of the most horrific terrorist attacks of the 21st century. Men, women, or children – it does not bother them,” said Neil Fergus of Intelligence Risks, an Australian company that has provided security advice for organisers of seven summer and winter Olympics.
“At the Moscow theatre most of the fatalities were caused by Russian special forces who managed to kill the occupants while trying to save them, but the fact is (the hostages) were wired with explosives in place.
“The same with Beslan. Beslan was just a massacre.”
Umarov was directly implicated in planning these attacks and other bombings, kidnappings and massacres. The Caucasus Emirate has since been declared a terrorist organisation by several nations, including the US, Canada and Russia.
In 2011 the Moscow Times reported that the US government had offered a $US5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Umarov, and the United Nations Security Council added the Caucasus Emirate to the list of groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.
The UN estimates that Umarov has 750 militants under his direct command in the North Caucasus, as well as “emissaries” in other countries.
In recent years Russian security forces have killed or captured several key militant leaders, including one of Umarov’s deputies.
This led to a relative decline in attacks, but the bloodshed still continued.
The US State Department reports that in 2012, 659 people were killed and 490 wounded in 182 terrorist attacks across the country.
Alesksandr Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service, announced that the special services prevented 92 terrorist-related crimes that same year.
Umarov declares war on the Winter Olympics
In July last year Umarov released an online video in which he revoked an earlier order not to attack targets outside North Caucasus, and announced his intention to disrupt the Sochi Olympics.
“They (Russia) plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims, buried on the territory of our land on the Black Sea, and we as mujahedeen are obliged to not permit that, using any methods allowed us by the almighty Allah,” he declared in a video posted on the pro-militant site www.kavkazcenter.com.
“I call on you, every mujahid, either in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan or on the territory of the Caucasus to use maximum force on the path of Allah to disrupt this Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors.”
Despite this blood-chilling threat, Mr Fergus believes the Sochi Games will proceed peacefully, partly due to the difficulty in penetrating the massive security presence, but also because the Caucasus Emirate lacks an underground support network in Sochi, which lies just outside the Northern Caucasus region.
“There’s no intelligence to indicate the group has an infrastructure in Sochi… that’s the key to this, they would love to, undoubtedly,” he said.
With security efforts focused on the Sochi region, there are fears separatist militants may repeat their tactic of striking elsewhere in Russia.
“Their capacity to reach those Games is questionable…. but the security situation (elsewhere) in Russia is quite clear; they can reach their hand into other regional cities and indeed the capital city Moscow,” warned Mr Fergus, who two years ago assessed the Sochi region for the International Olympic Committee.
While a recent wave of bombings in the city of Volgograd in the Stavropol region has increased anxiety over Games security, one of Sochi’s best defences against terrorism may ultimately be topography and the tyranny of distance.
“Look at the map, the extraordinary distances,” Mr Fergus said.
“It’s 690 kilometres from Stavropol to Sochi, from Dagestan it’s further. An incredibly bleak and inhospitable terrain between Sochi, which is on a little coastal plain, [and] the mountains for the alpine events.
“But behind that you have a really rough mountain range, and it’s barely occupied. There aren’t many roads, there are only two railway lines…..so it is isolated.”
Security concerns remain despite Moscow’s assurances
Despite Russia’s plans to field an immense security force, international concerns remain over Moscow’s ability to control such a specialised event.
“They don’t have a particularly strong reputation in recent times – the last Olympics they hosted in 1980 and that was at the heart of the Cold War,” Mr Fergus said.
“They’ve just done G20, they do political summits, they’ve done APEC – and they’ve done them very well, but this is a very different type of event.”
In the wake of the December bombings, Australian Olympic Committee chairman John Coates announced additional security measures for the Australian team.
“None of our athletes will be travelling to or from Sochi by car, bus or train, all will be travelling by air; none will be training or competing outside of Sochi in Russia; and, none will be holidaying elsewhere in Russia after the Games,” he said.
“We will continue to work closely with DFAT, whose representatives have attended our Sochi planning meetings.
“We will impress on our athletes DFAT’s advice that they exercise a high degree of caution in Russia because of the threat of terrorist activity.”
Ring of steel to protect athletes but Australia tight-lipped on team security
Australia is sending a 58-member contingent, its largest ever Winter Olympics team.
“We are placing our faith in the fact that Russia has assigned more than 40,000 people to Sochi – in a ring of steel,” said Australian Olympic Committee media director Mike Tancred.
“No member has withdrawn, but if an athlete doesn’t feel safe, and wants to withdraw, that’s totally their prerogative.”
Australian team management is comforted by the fact that those often closest to the athletes, the crowds watching the competition, will be vetted.
“Russians have introduced a spectator pass – that’s never been done before at an Olympics. It is a form of accreditation. So it’s not just enough to buy a ticket. You have to apply online, provide a photo, be subjected to a background check.” Mr Tancred said.
Many national squads, including Australia’s, will be discreetly accompanied by a security detachment. The FBI has announced plans to send teams of liaison officers to both Sochi and Moscow. Australia has made no official announcement on its team security arrangements.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss security arrangements, other than to say we work closely with DFAT,” Mr Tancred said.
Analyst fears foreign agents could hinder Russian security operations
“Each Olympics there seems to be a discernible lift in the amount of foreign security officers in attendance at official functions of one description or another,” security consultant Neil Fergus said.
“Sochi will likely witness quite a bump in terms of this trend of upscaling.”
Mr Fergus says Australia takes “a proportional approach” to team security, but he’s concerned that other nations may go “over the top” with their precautions.
“In one case, sending 35 different security officers…..and in reality, what are they going to do? They are on foreign soil, different jurisdiction. They do not carry fire arms, they have no power of arrest, they have no powers of investigation,” he said.
He believes large numbers of foreign security officers may only hinder Russian attempts to secure the Games.
“When there are excessive numbers they can potentially become more of a nuisance than an assistance,” Mr Fergus said.
Australian tourists warned over safety, Putin in ‘combat readiness mode’
Mr Fergus offers differing advice for Australian athletes and tourists planning to visit Sochi for the Games.
“The athletes’ village will be one of the safest pieces of land on the planet for the period of time it is under security lockdown,” he said.
“For the athletes that are going under the close and careful management of the Olympic Committee… they will be able to go forward in confidence and able to achieve their dreams, their aspirations.”
We’re fully aware that Putin is in a combat readiness mode. We’ve advised athletes in Australia that there will be lots of soldiers with guns.Australian Olympic Committee media director Mike Tancred
But he urges caution for any tourists keen to see the Australian team in action.
“This is not the place where a backpacker in Central Europe, in Prague, can just say, ‘Hey, let’s catch the train down to Sochi for the Games experience’,” he warned.
“Accommodations are not particularly going to be under any security umbrella. And if you don’t have tickets, and you don’t know where you are going, it’s not really the place to be – on a spontaneous thought”.
The travel advice webpage of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) urges Australian citizens not to travel to the North Caucus region, although the DFAT site still provides information for those intending to visit Sochi for the Winter Games.
Beyond the downhill runs and ice rinks, Sochi is shaping up to be a unique Winter Olympics experience.
As the Australian Olympic Committee’s Mr Tancred notes, the rules are simple: “We’re fully aware that Putin is in a combat readiness mode. We’ve advised athletes in Australia that there will be lots of soldiers with guns. If they ask you to do something, do it.”
Countdown to Sochi
- February 2012: Separatist leader Doku Umarov, ‘Emir of the Caucasus Caliphate’ publicly calls for a halt on targeting civilians outside the North Caucasus region.
- July 2013: Umarov releases an online video revoking that order, and announcing his intention to disrupt the Sochi Olympics.
- October 21: A female suicide bomber (known as a ‘black widow’), identified as the wife of an Islamist separatist, detonates a device on a bus in the city of Volgograd, located halfway between Sochi in Moscow. Seven passengers are killed and 36 injured. It is the deadliest attack in three years.
- November 16: Russian security forces kill five insurgents, including the husband of the October 21 female suicide bomber.
- December 27: A bomb blast in Pyatigorsk (270 kilometres from Sochi) kills three people.
- December 29 -30: Suicide bombings on successive days kill 34 people and wound 100 others in Volgograd. No-one claims responsibility for the attack. Police raid 6,000 buildings in the Volgograd region, and detain more than 700 people.
- January 8, 2014: Police find the bullet-riddled bodies of six men in cars parked near the city of Pyatigorsk, 275 kilometres north of Sochi.
- January 10: Russian anti-terrorism police announce they have arrested six people directly linked to the attacks.
- January 11: Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee announces the arrest of five more ‘terror suspects’ in Nalchik, 300 kilometres east of Sochi, allegedly in possession of grenades, ammunition and an explosive device.
- January 20: Vilayat Dagestan, a faction of the Caucasus Emirate, claims responsibility for the December bombings in Volgograd.