Islamists and Sochi - level 3
They’re claiming responsibility for two December suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd, in which 34 people died. Now, in a video posted online, the same Islamist militant group has threatened more attacks on next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
In a warning to Vladimir Putin, a man says in Russian that he’s prepared a present for the Russian President, claiming that it’s also a present for any tourists that visit during the Olympics. He goes on to say the present will be a revenge attack for Muslim bloodshed in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.
The video says two men called Suleiman and Abdurakhman carried out the Volgograd attacks on behalf of a group known as Vilayt Dagestan, linked to an Iraqi faction called Ansar al-Sunna. Dagestan is in Russia’s North Caucasus, where militants are waging an insurgency to create an Islamist state. Doku Umarov, a militant leader, has urged the insurgents to attack the Games in Sochi, which lies on the western edge of the Caucasus mountains.
Putin has staked much personal and political prestige on the Games, which are intended to show how far Russia has come since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Difficult words: claim (say something which may or may not be true), bloodshed (killing of a lot of people), on behalf of (as a representative of), faction (political group), wage (carry on), insurgency (rebellion), urge (strongly suggest), stake (invest).
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