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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Terrorism Concerns at 2014 Sochi Olympics Chechen-Russian Conflict The Chechen-Russian conflict has lasted centuries between the Russian (formerly Soviet)forces and various Chechen and Muslim forces. The Chechen republic (highlighted red) locatedin the Russian Federation. First Chechen War 1994-1996Resulted in Casualties of ~100,000 Chechen's and about ~60,000on the Russian side. Despite losing more troops, the Chechen's successfully thwarted the invasion via use of guerrilla tactics and attrition.Resulted in withdrawal of Russian Troops and continuation of Chechen independence. Second Chechen War 1999-2009Resulted in Casualties of 41,000 for Chechen's, along with an estimated 5000 "disappeared" civilians, While the Russian's only suffered losses of about 7,000.Landslide victory for Russian's resulting in the establishment of a Pro-Russian Chechen Gov't.Despite the end of the decade long war, insurgency still occurs in the Northern Caucusus. The Black Widows Natively known as the Shahidka,a "Black Widow" is a term for an Islamist Chechen female suicide bomber. They are held responsible for the following terrorist attacks Moscow Theatre Hostage Crisis of 2002 - At a crowded theatre in Moscow, 40-50 perpetrators took 850 hostages and demandedthat Russia withdrawal their forces from Chechnya. The Russian Gov't administered a gas to the theatre and while it killed all the terrorists, it also killed 150 civilians. On February 6th, 2004, Georgi Trofimov, a Russian bomb disposal officer, was killed as he was defusing a bomb at a cafe in Moscow. The unsuccessful bomber, Zarema Muzhakhoyeva, was sentenced to 20 years of prison for terrorism in April 2004. Recent acts of Terrorism - May 25, 2013 - A Black Widow bomber, Madina Alieva blows herself up in Dagestan injuring ~20 people. - December 29, 2013 - a suicide bomber kills 16 people at a train station on Volgograd (12 hours from Sochi) - October 21, 2013 - A female suicide bomber, Naida Asiyalova, exploded a bus carrying 40 people with 6 dying in Volgograd With terrorist attacks happening as recently as 2 months ago, and only as far as 12 hours driving distance, the Sochi Olympics officials need to stay extremely cautious.
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