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Russia:More Violence in Volgograd

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

A fresh surge in violence rocked the nation just a month shy of the winter Olympic games. Two bombings claimed the lives of more than 30 people at a train station and on a trolley bus in the southern city of Volgograd. The December 29 and 30 blasts injured another 60, and 5,000 police were [read more]

Russia: Suicide Bombing in Volgograd

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

A suicide bombing in Volgograd, the planned venue for the 2018 World Cup, has raised safety concerns as Russia plans the 2014 Winter Games about 550 miles away in Sochi. The bus bombing, allegedly committed by a woman from North Caucasus, killed six and wounded more than 30 others. The incident happened a week after [read more]

Russia: North Caucasus still a Concern

Date: July 25th, 2011 | No Comments

Four policemen were killed and nine others were wounded during two separate blasts in Russia’s North Caucasus July 18. One bomb went off in Chechnya and the other in Dagestan. For years, Russia has been battling Islamist separatist groups in the North Caucasus, with Dagestan bearing much of the brunt of the fighting. Federal Security [read more]

Russia: Security Concerns Surrounding 2014 Winter Olympics

Date: March 9th, 2011 | No Comments

Security concerns over the 2014 Winter Olympic Games continue to grow. Sochi, the Russian resort that will host the games, lies at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, home to numerous extremist groups. Many top officials maintain, however, that the games will be safe because of the geographical isolation of Sochi, which sits on the [read more]

Russia: Gunmen Attack Tourists En Route to North Caucasus Ski Resort

Date: February 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

Gunmen in camouflage attacked a minivan of tourists en route to a popular ski resort near Mount Elbrus in the North Caucasus region Feb. 19, killing three and wounding two. Mount Elbrus is Europe’s highest mountain, and the resort where the incident took place, Baksan in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, lies about 150 miles east [read more]

Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

Russia: Opposition Protests in Moscow

Date: December 10th, 2011 | No Comments

Protestors took to the streets in Moscow for two days of demonstrations Dec. 5-6, claiming that the Dec. 4 parliamentary election was corrupted. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party suffered losses, but opposition groups still maintain that the ruling party was involved in election fraud. Opposition protesters clashed with police in a show of [read more]

Russia: Anarchists Attack Parking Lot

Date: June 15th, 2011 | No Comments

Anarchists believed to be associated with the radical group Anarchic Gerilya are suspected of seriously damaging vehicles in a parking lot in Moscow. Police found two explosive devices—one filled with pieces of metal and the other a firebomb—at the scene. Activists associated with the group have been involved in previous criminal activity, including the detonation [read more]

Russia: Plans to Open Inland Rivers to Foreign Tourists

Date: March 2nd, 2011 | No Comments

Russia is considering new legislation that will open up its historically guarded inland rivers. Currently, tourists wishing to sail in riverboats for vacation or sport must go through a lengthy application and approval process. The new legislation aims to prevent the long waits and hopes to bring in revenue from tourists. Pending passage and the [read more]

Russia: Moscow Installs Explosives Detectors at Metro Stations

Date: February 15th, 2011 | No Comments

Following the suicide bombing in Moscow’s Domodedova airport last month and a series of bombings in the Moscow Metro, the most recent of which occurred in March 2010, authorities are installing explosives detectors in the capital’s 20 busiest Metro stations. The devices scan individuals for traces of explosives when they enter the stations. The Metro [read more]

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