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Russia tightens security in Sochi before Olympics

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:10

Jan. 7 - Russia's law enforcement agencies were on high alert in Sochi and tightened access restrictions, as part of measures by President Vladimir Putin to ensure security at next month's Winter Olympics. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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With the Sochi winter Olympics just around the corner, Russia's law enforcement officers are on high alert. They have tightened access restrictions to the Black Sea resort, with a new traffic scheme that gives priority to Olympic transport. And residents have mixed feelings about the heavy police presence. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SOCHI RESIDENT, MARIA GOLOSNITSKAYA, SAYING: "Some people are uncomfortable about it. A few days ago we went to Marimol and had to pass through a metal frame and show IDs, but I think in the current situation it is necessary. Of course it takes time, but so what?" Aware that the success or failure of the Sochi Games will help shape his legacy, Putin has ordered a boost in security. It comes after two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 34 people in the city of Volgograd, just over a week ago. This resident says increased security is necessary: (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SOCHI RESIDENT, GEORGY NIKITIN, SAYING: "Maybe it's too much in some places, but I think they cannot hold it (the Olympics) without it." All eyes are on Sochi, as Russia prepares for the most expensive Olympics ever.

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Russia tightens security in Sochi before Olympics

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:10