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Sohi-2014. Safe and Unproblematic?
February 25, 2011 15:59

The preparation for Sohi-2014 Olimpic Games is going at full speed. Adler beach-located city and Krasnaya Polyana ski resort do not seem to be calm resting-places. People in the region complain about the increasing traffic load. At the same time a lot of new roads, power plants, hotels and sports facilities are building in the region.

According to the Organizing Committee, in sports facilities construction about 19 000 people are already involved. According to the official information, 40% construction works have been already completed. Russian organizers havea announced that by 2012 year all major sports facilities will be built. The sponsors are satisfied. However Philipp Darjes, Head of the Olympic project of Volkswagen in Sochi suggests that the problems sre not so much related to the "hardware" as to the "software". The organizers are showing their will to learn, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung magazine.

But this is not the only one issue to talk about. The recent events in the region have frightened a lot of people, so the main problem now is the security of this place. The International Olympic Committee said that they have every confidence that the Russian authorities who are responsible for security are up to the task whilst confirming that it is "a top priority". "The Russian authorities themselves have announced a record breaking security budget of 58 billion roubles or about 2 billion dollars to cover the Winter Olympics and the Para Olympics that take place shortly afterwards", according to the OntheSnow.

The Sydney Morning Herald, an australian newspaper, points, that "the killing of skiers in the Caucasus mountains by suspected rebels has exposed the weakness of the Kremlin's strategy to stabilise the region through tourism and raised fears over security at the Sochi Olympics". The magazine talks about bombs, found in the resort and notes, that the attacks seemed to be a move away from the attacks on law enforcement officials.

The security problem disturbs the foreign mass media. The American Thinker publishes some thoughts on this issue. The AT says that "Obama still intends to allow American athletes to walk into what can only be called the meat grinder of the 2014 Olympic Games" and criticizes his decision. American Thinker points, that killik the skiers was a clear message from separatists "If you send your athletes to Sochi three years from now, the white Russians snows will be stained red with their blood. Don't do it". At the same time, according to the resource, the authority has admitted it can't protect tourists at Mt. Elbrus.

Thus, The America Thinker makes a conclusion, that the athletes from other countries shouldn't go to the Olimpic Games in Sochi, 2014. Why? The source says there are too many reasons for this: "Russia's wanton imperialist violence in Georgia; Russia's profligate and corrupt destruction of the Sochi ecology; its brutal disregard of local property rights while building the games; the fact that Russia, with an average wage less than $3/hour and an average life expectancy outside the top 125 countries in the world can't afford the games; Russia's relentless crackdown on democracy and civil society across the nation or Russia's brutal violence, including many convictions for state-sponsored murder, kidnapping and torture throughout the Caucasus region.

BBC also points, that the "terrorist acrivity" could increase in the country during the Games.

Anyway, these predictions and non-optimistic mood can't stop us hoping that despite these facts, the authorities will provide the security for the region.


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