Internationalist group believes threat may not come from Muslim North Caucasus region
The International Crisis Group (IGC) is predicting a terrorist attack in Sochi during the Winter Olympics. The NGO has issued a report, “Too Far, Too Fast: Sochi, Tourism and Conflict in the Caucasus,” analyzing the potential for violence at the games.
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“We hope that everything will be fine and safe, but the possibility of a terrorist attack remains,” said Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya, head of the group’s North Caucasus program.
Sokiryanskaya said Russian authorities believe a threat may come from the Muslim North Caucasus republic of Dagestan where an insurgency is currently underway against Russian control of the region.
The IGC, however, believes threats against the games may arise elsewhere in the region from Muslims more difficult to distinguish among non-Muslim natives. “Radicals can come from any region of Russia,” Sokiryanskaya said.
Although Russian officials have introduced what is described as unprecedented security following a terrorist attack in the southern city of Volgograd in December, The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday security is lax in Sochi. Despite questions about Russian security, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said at a briefing that “we have confidence with the Russian authorities.”
The IGC, a non-government organization that supported the so-called “humanitarian intervention” in Kosovo, was founded by members of the internationalist Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the World Bank. It is funded by governments and corporate foundations. Its advisory board is dominated by Chevron, Shell and other transnational corporations.
George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Institute, sits on the IGC board of trustees. Soros has established foundations in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Russia and is directly implicated in funding pro-EU activists in Ukraine.