President Putin and Russia’s security forces have made a big deal out their “ring of steel” in Sochi, the Black Sea resort where the Winter Olympics will be held next month. Earlier this month, the Russians announced they had dedicated $2 billion to their ring of steel effort. It is the largest amount of money ever spent on security for an Olympic event.
“Sochi’s ‘ring of steel’ is a zone about 60 miles long and 25 miles deep, in which the local population and visitors will be subjected to near total surveillance,” the Christian Science Monitor reported on January 6.
The measures, according to security expert Mark Galeotti, include a garrison of about 25,000 special police, 8,000 interior troops, unknown numbers of plainclothes agents, special forces such as the “Alpha” anti-terrorist squad of the FSB (the successor to the KGB), and up to 30,000 regular troops to patrol the nearby borders with Georgia and the breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia. The skies will be full of Russian Air Force fighters and at least a dozen drones; ultra-modern S-400 and Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missiles capable of taking down any airborne threat will be deployed around the zone; and four of the Russian Navy’s new Grachonok anti-saboteur patrol boats with teams of divers and special sonar equipment will range up and down the coast.
However, the extraordinary measures may already be for naught. On Monday it was reported that a Dagestani widow, Ruzanna Ibragimova, may have reduced Putin’s lauded ring of police state steel to a doughnut of silly putty. Ms. Ibragimova, known as a “black widow” after her husband was killed by the Russians, is said to be in Sochi and ready to strike the games. Russian security said there may be as many as four black widows on the prowl.
“According to our information Ms Ibragimova may be used by the ring leaders of illegal armed groups for the organization of terrorist acts in the zone of the 2014 Olympics,” a notice issued by the FSB explains.
“The notice for Ms Ibragimova, 22, is the first sign that terrorists may have managed to penetrate the security cordon,” the Monitor flatly states.
The FSB notice arrives after Vilayat Dagestan, a Salafist terror group loyal to Shamil Basayev, took credit for the Volgograd bombing in late December. That attack claimed the lives of 34 people. Two men featured in a video, who identified themselves as the Volgograd suicide bombers, said the group will launch terror attacks during the Olympics in Sochi in retribution for crimes Russia is accused of committing against Muslims.
The men also made reference to Doku Umarov, the purported leader of the Caucasus Emirate, and said the attacks were inspired by him. Umarov, known as the Russian bin Laden, has a $5 million dollar bounty on his head and is on the United Nations Security Council’s al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee list of individuals allegedly associated with the two ISI and CIA created groups.
As Wayne Madsen and other researchers have demonstrated, the strife in the Caucasus is primarily a product of U.S. subversion and part of an ongoing effort to destabilize Russia through its Islamic republics. “U.S. ‘civil society’ aid to groups fomenting terrorism, nationalism, separatism, and irredentism in the Caucasus is either direct through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or covert through organizations funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute,” Madsen writes. “Much can be learned about U.S. backing for terrorist groups operating in the North Caucasus from information gleaned from the tranche of a quarter million leaked classified State Department cables.”
One cable “states explicitly that USAID’s mission in the North Caucasus was to ‘advance critical U.S. interests.’ USAID-specified ‘hot zones’ included Chechnya, Ingushetia, and the Elbruz region of Kabardino-Balkaria. The USAID North Caucasus Program focused on four key regions: Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, and Dagestan, plus Krasnodarsky Krai, Adygea Republic, Karachay-Cherkessia, Stavropolsky Krai, and Kabardino-Balkarskaya Republic,” Madsen explained last April.
Former Chechen rebel Ramzan Kadyrov, now the head of the Chechen Republic and a Russian ally, said in 2009 he had evidence of CIA complicity in the ongoing separatist and terrorist activity in the region. “We’re fighting in the mountains with the American and English intelligence agencies. They are fighting not against Kadyrov, not against traditional Islam, they are fighting against the sovereign Russian state,” he said.
“The West is interested to cut off the Caucasus from Russia. The Caucasus — a strategic frontier of Russia. If they take away the Caucasus from Russia, it’s like taking away half of Russia,” he added. “Chechnya, Dagestan are weak, vulnerable parts of the Russian state.”
It is unlikely Russia will be able to stop a terror attack, or a number of terror attacks, during the Olympics next month. The penetration of its supposed multi-billion dollar ring of steel by a Dagestani woman allegedly bent of avenging the murder of her husband and the desperation of the FSB to stop her exposes Russia’s inability to react effectively in the face of the globalist plan to balkanize and weaken the Russian federation.
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