Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
In Sochi, Olympic security increasingly uneven

< Previous Page


Russian security services wouldn’t comment on lax security measures. But a string of arrests shows that they’re keeping an eye on those who might disrupt events or want to call attention to abuses by Russian authorities.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

An Italian gay-rights activist, Russian environmental activists and members of the Circassian ethnic group native to the Sochi region have all been detained in recent weeks.

Sochi organizing committee spokeswoman Alexandra Kosterina has shrugged off questions about inconsistent or confusing security measures. "We ensure and our authorities ensure that Sochi is secure," she said. "It is not an issue for us."

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach suggests security measures at Olympic venues themselves are less invasive because authorities sealed off the larger region so tightly.

"The parameters of security are far from the main venues," he told the AP last week. "The security forces are acting in an extremely friendly way so the Olympic atmosphere is not harmed at all."


Associated Press reporters by the Black Sea coast in Sochi, on the mountain in Krasnaya Polyana and around the world contributed to this report. Follow Angela Charlton on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/acharlton

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.