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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.
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
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