(The Jewish Voice) “Attacking the Sochi Olympics itself would be the ‘Holy Grail’ for one of these terrorist groups,” said Andrew Kuchins, who directs the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
He said, “Sochi has been virtually under lockdown for the last six months or so. Being able to penetrate that security is not going to be easy. So perhaps we see a strategy of individuals and groups undertaking terrorist acts in other parts of Russia.”
Kutchins predicts fear gripping Volgograd will spread. He said, “The creation of a sense of terror around the country is already developing. I am afraid it is going to be a very precarious and dangerous time between now and the games.” […]
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(The Age) Russian affairs expert Andrew Kuchins, a senior fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told NBC that Umarov was a ''publicity hound'' who may ''be talking more game than he has.''
''He hasn't been able to establish the authority over a network as successfully as someone like Osama bin Laden,'' Kutchins said.
''Sochi has been under virtual lockdown and to penetrate that is going to be very, very difficult.
''We may be seeing the beginning of a series of terrorist attacks to terrorise the country – to lead some delegations to think about not attending the Games, to cast a dark shadow over Vladimir Putin's leadership and his claims he has brought security and stability to Russia.'' […]
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