Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Terrorism is Main Threat To Russia – Could Kremlin Stop Attacks Before Olympic Games In 2014?

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Some officials and analysts questioned whether the Kremlin could stop the attacks.

“We can’t handle these first of all because we are a country that’s corrupt—everything can be bought and sold,” said Gennady Gudkov, a senior legislator from the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party.

President Dmitry Medvedev said terrorism is “the main threat” that Russia faces and vowed to find and eliminate those responsible for Monday’s deadly suicide bombing at the country’s busiest international airport. There was still no claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack. Mr. Medvedev said airport officials and police responsible for what he called lax security at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport would be punished. But airport officials rejected the criticism, saying security in the public zone outside international arrivals where the bombing took place was the responsibility of the police.
The chief of the transport police division at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and two officers were fired Wednesday by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev.

Medvedev warned that extremist groups would be targeting major international events Russia is scheduled to host in the coming years, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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