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Google+ Hangout: Keeping Sochi Safe

Russian security guards patrol the Olympic Park in Adler near Sochi.
Russian security guards patrol the Olympic Park in Adler near Sochi.
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The opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is on February 7, but security issues remain at the top of the agenda.

U.S. officials have said they discussed the recent increase in terrorist threats against the Games with their Russian counterparts, as Russian forces hunt for Islamic militants and "black widows" and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN that the security issues facing the Sochi Games are no greater than for other Olympics (a sentiment echoed by renown terrorism expert, actor Steven Seagal).
 
In our second "Sochi in the Spotlight" Google+ Hangout, RFE/RL Russian Service journalists Irina Lagunina and Anastasia Kirilenko will be joined by journalists and Russian security experts Andrei Soldatov and Mark Galeotti for a discussion how security concerns at the Sochi Games are being addressed. The Hangout will be moderated by Brian Whitmore, author of RFE/RL's "The Power Vertical" blog.

Google+ Hangout -- Keeping Sochi Safe



Guests:

Andrei Soldatov -- Investigative journalist and editor of Agentura.ru, an information hub on intelligence agencies. Soldatov has worked for numerous Russian media outlets including "Izvestia," "Versia" (where he investigated the FSB's role in the Nord-Ost theater attack), "Moscow News," Ekho Moskvy, "Novaya gazeta," and "Yezhednevny zhurnal." Soldatov is the author (most recently, with Borogan) of "The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB."

Mark Galeotti -- Professor at New York University, expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows." Educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, Galeotti is now Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and an associate member of NYU's history and Russian & Slavic studies departments. Until 2008, he was head of the history department at Keele University in the U.K. as well as director of its Organised Russian & Eurasian Crime Research Unit.

Irina Lagunina -- Director of RFE/RL's Russian Service, Radio Svoboda, where she previously served as a Senior Broadcaster and host of the daily analytical radio journal "Time & World." Prior to joining RFE/RL in 1995, Lagunina worked as the foreign policy and diplomatic editor for the Russian magazine "New Times" and the "Moscow News." She was in the media pool of the Russian Foreign Ministry, covering the end of Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, wars in the former Yugoslavia, and ethnic conflicts in former Soviet Union. She also contributed to the 1999 study "Kosovo News & Propaganda War" by the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria.

Anastasia Kirilenko -- Correspondent with RFE/RL's Moscow bureau, where she has worked since 2009, and is the author of several investigative reports, most recently about the Sochi Olympic games. Kirilenko has an MA in Journalism from Moscow State University and graduated from the Faculty of International Relations and Law at Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management in 2006. She has also contributed to the online platforms "Caucasian Knot" and "Courrier international."

Brian Whitmore, Moderator -- Europe Desk Editor for RFE/RL's Central Newsroom and the writer of "The Power Vertical" blog.

We invite you to post questions in advance and follow updates for live links to the Google+ Hangout on Twitter and Facebook.

Tags: Sochi Olympics

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 04, 2014 15:47
Trying to keep Sotschi safe? What an absurd idea! There is absolutely NO way to keep it safe, as long as all the peoples of the Free Caucasus just hate Russia and will do everything they can not to allow the damn Russian occupiers to organize anything at all on the old Circassian land in a safe manner!
The only one who could possibly guarantee some sort of safety in the region is Senator McCain. Just look at his CV: first he safely liberated Vietnam from Communists (who eat children, as we all very well know), then he made Syria safe by removing the bloody cannibal Bashar al-Assad. So, the Senator would be the guy to make Sotschi safe!
But no, the Russians are so stupid: they had a chance of electing him as their Emperor in the elections of 2011 and instead they preferred this bankrupt rotten power because of whose criminal activities the price-tag for the Olympics went up from the initial € 12,58 to some € 50 billion. Just as Karl Marx used to say: "Every people has the govt it deserves".
Viva el Senador McCain! And long live the United States of America! :-))
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 06, 2014 07:53
Do not provoke shape-shifters of Russian invading armies!
(not Marks, but French saying)
Eugenio is not alone, Brits from Your Tube help Russia too.

1.
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'BIGGEST SECURITY OPERATION IN OLYMPIC HISTORY' SOCHI (by Brits on YouTube)
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My comment:

IT"S ENOUGH!
PARTNER IN CRIMES OF RUSSIA AGAINST OTHER NATIONS?
UMAROV IS A RUSSIAN MILITARY SHAPE-SHIFTER
AND YOU KNOW THAT!
UMAROV GO IN FRONT OF INVADING ARMIES OF
RUSIAN AGGRESSION AS JUSTIFICATION AND YOU KNOW THAT!
CAUCASUS SO OPPRESSED BY NAZI RUSSIA THAT NO ONE DARE PROTEST ANNEXATION OF THEIR LANDS AND GEORGIAN LANDS BY RUSSIA!
LET CAUCASUS PROTEST IN PEACE!
SOCHI IS MUCH UGLIER THAN HITLER'S MUNICH OLYMPICS!

2.
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MY SECURITY JOKE:

On opening of Sochi Olympics, a tall man, Jan Mare's size,
With gang of robbers, grabbed bank-loads of gold medals.
For some strange reason he had Vladimir Putin's face.
When robbers were leaving, he pulled-off his mask,
Turned blue and said: "OBHS, the evil Fantomas!"
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UN invited commissar of Interpol, Lui De Fun'es.
He came to UN assembly - dressed as "Fantomas",
Demonstrate investigation result - he spoke from a gulf:
I apologize, on my shoulders stands Putin in the big mask,
It was he, taxing non-Russian nations, as "OBHS-Fantomas"!

by: Anonymous
February 04, 2014 16:08
oh my god ....

will be able the world to survive to these blessed Olympics games ?

And what will become of RFE when these Olympics games will be over

what they will be talking about ?


the world will never be the same after Sochi ......

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