Speaking on WBEZ's Worldview, Carnegie's Tom de Waal stated that the Winter Olympics in Sochi may actually be one of the safest places in Russia due to the extensive security measures. The bigger problem is that terrorists can affect the Olympic Games by carrying out an attack near Sochi or even in another city, he said. He suggested that the threat of so-called "black widows," female suicide bombers, might be exagerated due to a Russian paranoia about this issue. He also cast doubt on the role of the Caucasus Emirate as an organization, suggesting that it would better to view the North Caucasus insurgency as many small groups of individuals.
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