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VIDEO: Medvedev Takes to CNN to Reassure Sochi Security Fears

Published: January 23, 2014 (Issue # 1794)



  • Medvedev (r) sharing a drink with President Putin earlier this month at the skiing and biathlon complex "Laura" in Sochi. Medvedev has said the Sochi threats are "no greater than at any Olympics in other places."
    Photo: Alexei Nikolsky / AP

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took to a major U.S. television network to reassure the world that the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics will be safe, while a U.S. Olympic speed-skater underscored security concerns by telling his family to stay home during the Games.

In an interview to CNN's Amanpour program aired Wednesday night, Medvedev said that "on public events, there are always some threats," but insisted that Russian security forces are working to ensure that the Games go smoothly, despite the backdrop of recent suicide bombings in a nearby region, the threats of more attacks, and the reported penetration of Sochi's security zone by a suspected suicide bomber.

Threats accompany major events "not only in this country but also in others," Medvedev said. "Definitely we are aware of that, and we will take that into account during the Olympics."

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In the latest sign that many foreign fans are staying away from the Games, U.S. Olympic speed-skater Tucker Fredericks told his parents — who attended the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada — to root for him from home this time, instead of coming to Sochi, CBS reported Wednesday.

"Tucker said he doesn't want to worry about us or about security," his father, Dan Fredricks, told The Janesville Gazette.

Asked by CNN's program host whether he was worried about warnings for Americans to avoid the Games for safety concerns, Medvedev said "the threats during the Sochi Games are no greater than at any Olympics in other places."

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