F. Michael Maloof
August 4, 2013
As fighting in the North Caucasus surges, Russian officials are beginning to believe that increasing terrorist activities could threaten security for the 2014 Winter Olympics that are to take place in the Russian city of Sochi, according to a report in Joseph Farahâ€™s G2 Bulletin.
Sochi, a resort city, not only is the location for the presidential palace but borders the North Caucasus region of predominantly Muslim provinces in southern Russia where Islamist militants seek to break from Russia and establish their own Caucasus Emirates.
Nikolai Sintsov, who serves on the Russian National Anti-Terrorist Committee, said that despite efforts by Russian security forces to go after the militants in the Muslim provinces of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, the threat of terrorist activities remains high in the North Caucasus.