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What is the price of security?Even in the midst of an economic slowdown, the Russian government has committed unparalleled resources to protect the winter Olympic games at Sochi from jihadist terrorists, who largely hail from the turbulent region of the North Caucasus.So, the existence of Slavic terrorists represents an unexpected new threat for the police and security forces.These centers are relatively easy for the terrorists to reach, and the Russian security forces in all three cities have been depleted by the need to garrison Sochi.This raises what is perhaps the most powerful tactic the terrorists can use: fighting the information war. By carrying out sporadic attacks elsewhere in southern Russia, by issuing threats against the games, or simply by forcing the Kremlin to remain on high alert and hunt every real or rumored bomber, the terrorists are shaping how Russia and the world think of the Sochi Games.
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