Too Far, Too Fast: Sochi, Tourism and Conflict in the Caucasus

TitelToo Far, Too Fast: Sochi, Tourism and Conflict in the Caucasus
Typ der PublikationReport
Publikationsjahr2014
AutorInnenN.N.
Untertitel / SerientitelEurope Report N°228
Pagination48pp.
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group
StadtMoscow/Brussels
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Russia has invested extensive resources and prestige in the Winter Olympics to be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 7-23 February 2014. The tab, an estimated $51 billion, does not include a nationwide security operation to protect the venue against attack by a resilient and ruthless armed jihadi movement. A spate of bombings, including two in December in the southern city of Volgograd, show that North Caucasus Islamist terrorists are determined to strike opportunistically across the country to mar the games and challenge President Vladimir Putin, who has promised a “safe, enjoyable and memorable” Olympic experience. If ripple effects of security for Sochi and the ambitious regional tourism project the games are meant to inaugurate are not to worsen the situation in the war-torn North Caucasus, local communities must be assured they will benefit from the development plans, not fall victims to rapacious local elites or the abuses allegedly accompanying the Games. Equally important, they will need guaranteed long-term security, not simply oppressive security regimes. Download

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