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Chechen leader calls for attacks on Sochi Olympics

Jul 3, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

Still image of Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov speaking in a video posted on Reuters

A Chechen rebel leader called for militants to do “everything possible” to prevent the Sochi Olympics in a video published on a website Wednesday.

Doku Uramov said, translated, “We have the obligation to use all means to prevent this,” according to The Associated Press. Sochi is 300 miles west of Chechnya and neighboring Dagestan, which have a recent history littered with violence.

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee emailed a statement to the AP, saying, “We are confident that the Games will be safe and comfortable for all as guaranteed by the Russian state.”

“We have no doubt that the Russians will be up to the task and we continue to have full confidence in them,” International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told the AP.

The Sochi Olympics begin with official competition on Feb. 6, followed by the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7. They conclude on Sunday, Feb. 23.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    The ruthless, fanatical Chechens clearly have a head start on their playoff beards, but fair warning guys: There will be dozens of hockey players there, so you might want to think twice about this.

  2. jesse716 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It’s a terrible idea to host in that region to begin with, this should be a wakeup call to FIFA they’ll have the same problems in 2018

  3. hjworton46 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    As Jesse716 says, choosing Sochi as an Olympic venue is a huge mistake, hopefully not one that’ll end up costing lives. If the Chechens want to disrupt the games, they will and there’s not much anyone can do to stop them.

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