VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – The Olympic games in Russia are being plagued with major concerns, not over who’s going to win, but over who’s safe. Just weeks before the games, lawmakers admit they’re worried about security. Tension was already high after last month’s back-to-back suicide bombings in Volgograd.
Now newly released video posted on a well-known Jihadi website shows two men claiming responsibility for last month’s attack. They warn there’s more to come at the Olympic games. In part of the video, they say “You’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.” They continue with “We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come.”
Officials are worried and have moved some 30,000 armed troops down to the region. The U.S. is even stepping in and putting warships on standby to evacuate Americans in the event of a terror attack.
Russia President Vladimir Putin is promising visitors will be safe. For now, things are going on as scheduled. The Olympic torch arrived in Volgograd on Monday. No doubt an important symbol for all involved in the games, especially at a time like this.