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MOSCOW, November 20. /ITAR-TASS/. From November 10 to November 30 the Krasnodar Territory and adjacent regions in southern Russia host anti-terror drills dubbed as Olympics 2014, the regional department of the Federal Security Service (FSB) was quoted by the Vedomosti business daily as saying.
Under the drill scenario from November 10 to November 20 several imaginary terrorist groups of 48 members were sent to Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi to commit terror acts. Wanted notices appeared in offices and supermarkets of Sochi. The FSB duty service division confirmed that wanted posters had been distributed in the city.
A representative of the Interior Ministry’s central service told the daily that forces of the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Emergencies Ministry, border guard service and civil authorities are engaged in the military exercise targeted at mastering cooperation of all ministries and departments.
Instruction booklets were disseminated among residents of Sochi. These booklets say in a plain language that terrorists may openly and without hesitation ask local residents where vitally important facilities such as a railway station, a waste water treatment plant, a bread-baking factory and schools are located and whether residents know someone, who can take explosive agents there. Other signs of a terrorist are that he/she takes interest in where sulfur and ammonia nitrate can be bought. He/she speaks about Jihad and Wahhabism and carriers a bag or a package full of wires. Residents are requested to inform police about such persons.
Over the drills all motor vehicles driving to Sochi and Krasnodar are being inspected. All luggage and documents are being checked at railways and bus stations. Many mountainous routes became closed during the drills.
“Such measures are justified,” the former prosecutor of the Rostov region and Chechnya, Valery Kuznetsov, was quoted by Vedomosti as saying. “They are used all over the world at such events as the Olympic Games.”
Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that on Tuesday Federal Security Service officers in central Sochi detained a journalist, who had been collecting the information about the FSB activity, and tried to seize her voice recorder announcing her “a foreign agent.” During her journalistic training of the Deutsche Welle Academy a journalist from one of the regional newspapers, Yekaterina Lukyanova, planned to sign an article how Russian fans would have to register themselves in Sochi during the Winter Olympic Games.
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