FBI dispatches its agents to provide security at Sochi games
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is sending
dozens of its personnel to Russia to help secure the upcoming Winter Olympics in
Sochi from possible terror attacks, its director told reporters.
FBI director James Comey said about two dozen agents and other personnel will be
sent to Moscow and more than a dozen others will be based in the Black Sea resort
that is hosting the Winter Olympics from February 7 to 23. Some of them are already
there, he told the Wall Street Journal.
“Securing any Olympics is an enormous task,” the Washington Post quoted Comey as
saying. “I think it’s particularly challenging in Sochi because of its proximity to areas
of unrest and sources of a terrorist threat.”
Comey said although his agency is willing to help Russia, security at the Games is
ultimately Moscow’s responsibility. He also expressed confidence that Russia will keep
the Games safe.
“I think the Russian government understands the threat and is devoting the resources
to address it,” Comey told Reuters.
Russia launched the largest security operation in Olympic history this week in a bid to
prevent terrorism, particularly from the neighboring North Caucasus, a region plagued
by an Islamist insurgency.
Security was tightened for Sochi after two suicide bombers killed 34 people and
injured more than 100 late last month in attacks on Volgograd’s main train station and
on a trolleybus. The city is 630 kilometers (400 miles) from Sochi.
Source: Moscow Times