The medals represent a combination of metal surface, patchwork designs, and a transparent pattern representing the icy slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. They were presented by Russian Olympic skating champion Svetlana Zhurova, who stressed how vital a medal is for sporting professionals. “For any athlete an Olympic medal is a precious gift which will stay with him or her throughout the years. The athlete may hide it in a secret place, but when you take it and look at it – you remember the victorious moments. I look at this Sochi-2014 medal here and understand that nobody will ever doubt the fact that this medal was won in Russia. All the codes, patterns of Russian tradition have been encrypted into this medal. There is ice and flight in this medal…” The Paralympic medals were made in a similar stylistic design, with its form set to represent the integrity and soul power of the Paralympic athletes. The medals were produced using an open tender among professional designers. Although there were international bids, it was a Russian team that won. The gold, silver and bronze medals, weigh between 460 and 531 grams. It takes 18 hours to produce each medal. According to the international standards, the medals aren’t produced of only precious metals. For instance, the Sochi 2014 gold medal has a golden surface with an alloy of different metals underneath. Almost 3kg of pure gold were used to cover all the golden medals set to be awarded to the Games’ event winners. The first ever Winter Olympics to be held in Russia run from February 7 to 23 in the southern city of Sochi. …
Dzhamaleil Mutaliev, also known by the nickname ‘Adam,’ was killed in Nazran District of the North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia on Tuesday. Mutaliev was believed to be a leading figure of the international terrorist group Imarat Kavkaz and the head of the region’s militant underground.Mutaliev was the so-called ‘military emir’ of the terrorist group, and was considered to be a close associate of Russia’s most-wanted terrorist Doku Umarov, and of deceased Chechen terrorist leader Shamil Basayev.The FSB said Mutaliev was “directly responsible for providing financial support and combat tools for the terrorists,” as well as for taking part in “organizing terrorists acts that caused large losses of human life.”He was believed to be one of the leaders behind a deadly car bomb blast in the central market of the North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz, which kill 19 and injured over 200 in August 2010.The Russian security forces launched a counter-terror operation in Nazran Disctrict early Tuesday, after the FSB had learned that several militants are staying in a private home.After blocking off the area, the Spetsnaz (Russian Special Forces) started talks with the militants and persuaded them to let a woman and her infant out of the house.As soon as the woman got to safety, two armed men opened fire and attempted to flee the area, but were killed by return fire from Spetsnaz troops, NAC’s statement said, adding that no Spetsnaz or civilians were injured.Mutaliev and the other militant were armed with a hand-held grenade launcher, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a pistol and makeshift grenades. The scene of the special operation is now being examined for explosives and underground hideout facilities.False reports of the warlord’s death emerged in January 2012, when the ‘military emir’ was thought to be killed in another special operation. DNA tests later revealed that the militant killed in 2012 was not Mutaliev. …
One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was himself killed…
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The parents of the Boston suspects have denied that their sons planted the bombs, believing they were framed.
Appearing together in the Russian region of Dagestan, their father Anzor Tsarnaev said he planned to travel to America this week, while their mother attacked the US authorities.
“They told us that they’re never gonna show us Dzhokhar, even if we go there, until he will be in their jail, we won’t be able to see him,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said, referring to her wounded younger son who is still in hospital and has been charged over the bombings. “They are already saying that we are terrorists. They already want me, him (indicating her ex-husband), and all of us to look as terrorists,” she added.
Media reports the mother faces an outstanding shoplifting charge in Boston from last year and could face arrest if she returns.
She told reporters she regretted the family had ever moved to the US.
“I thought America was going to protect us, our kids, was going to be safe… But it happened opposite. America took my kids away from me,” she said in English, breaking down in tears.
American congressmen have said they do not believe the brothers had contact with a militant organisation. But in Moscow, President Putin used a nationwide TV phone-in to argue the Boston bombing justified Russia’s tough line on insurgents in the North Caucasus.
He said Moscow and Washington should step up cooperation on security:
“Russia is a victim of international terrorism, one of the first victims. This tragedy should bring us closer together, in stopping the threats we have in common, the most dangerous being terrorism,” said the Russian leader.
Putin, who crushed a Chechen bid for independence over a decade ago, has long accused the US of underestimating the Islamist threat.
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The director of studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation also believes that Washington has intentionally portrayed some of the international terrorist groups as freedom fighters could set a wrong example to young Americans.RT: There’s been talk of a Chechen connection in this case – but both brothers had lived in the U.S. for almost a decade – could they have been radicalized while living in America?John Laughland: It seems definitely to be the case. I would stress that one of the suspects is dead and the other one can’t speak, so I think we need to be a little careful before accepting at face value the narrative of the Boston police, which of course is under massive pressure to find the guilty person. And we need to bear in mind that the American justice system, like everyone else’s system in the world, is based on the presumption of innocence. But if the police narrative is correct then yes, they have become radicalized not only while on American soil, but also while under at least some kind of surveillance by the FBI. The journalist’s comment now is pointing on negligence on the part of the FBI.RT: In 2004, US authorities granted asylum to Chechen extremist, Ilyas Akhmedov, despite warnings from Russia. Why has the US failed to recognize the threat posed by North Caucasus terrorist groups?JL: I don’t know. The question now is was it incompetent. That’s the primary line of questioning in the media. I’m afraid there might be another line of questioning. I don’t want to put forward any suggestions for which I have no basis. But I’m afraid in the history of the world there are examples of countries tolerating or encouraging terrorist attacks on their own territory for political reasons. I repeat I have no proof at all that this is the case in this example, but history unfortunately does give us precedents for such cynical activity. And the fact is, that whatever the truth is about these brothers there has been a long history of American particularly neo-conservative friendship towards and support for the Chechen rebels in general at the time of the Beslan massacre, for example, the blame on the American media was put exclusively on Russia – not on the Chechens themselves.RT: Do you think that at the end of the day the US has failed to recognize the threat posed by the North Caucasus terrorist groups?JL: I definitely think that. It’s absolutely certain that political groups in Washington have downplayed the Chechen threat. And they have instead portrayed them more or less as freedom fighters. The suggestion I’m putting to you now is that their maybe even more than that to it. It can be to the advantage of certain powers that a terrorist attack be committed on American soil. And I think that line of questioning at least should be opened at the moment until we have further information. RT: The U.S. has shown staunch support for rebel groups in Syria and in Libya, even portraying them in a romanticized light – doesn’t this send the wrong signals to young Americans?JL: Undoubtedly, as you’ve suggested in your question. The rebels in Syria, who are overwhelmingly Islamists are themselves being portrayed as democracy freedom fighters in the western media. That is going to give a bad massage and it is going to encourage certain people to be radicalized. I can’t help raising in my mind the question of whether there is not a more domestic motive for this, because after all in the case of Syria there is a network, an armed force of rebels. In this case it seems that the attack was not part of any larger armed uprising. There is no armed insurrection in Boston. In that sense the attack is senseless. It only makes sense or might be considered to make sense as a pretext for further clampdowns on civil liberties in America and for further war supposedly against Islamists abroad. …