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Security measures for Sochi are unprecedented, concerns still remain: Queen's University expert

2014-01-09

Queen’s University postdoctoral fellow Adam Molnar (Surveillance Studies Centre) is available to comment on counter-terrorism initiatives, the policing of political protest, civilian-military partnerships, the private security industry, as well as the wider surveillance and privacy implications of security and policing measures in advance of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Olympic cities are now a highly securitized fortress, with strict access controls and checkpoints, the use of extensive surveillance technologies such as drones, and, like other events, are showcasing the unprecedented use military forces in domestic urban environments.

“The Sochi 2014 Olympics are characteristic of the massive security and policing build-up seen at other major sporting events today, but even with these unprecedented security measures in place, a significant concern will remain in Russia,” says Mr. Molnar. “Long after the Olympic spotlight has moved on, Russia’s citizens will be dealing with this extreme security apparatus for many years, and possibly decades, to come.”

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