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WASHINGTON – The April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, allegedly perpetrated by two Dagestani brothers who espouse Islamist radical support for jihad, has Russian officials now alarmed over security preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics that are to take place in Sochi, Russia, in the northern Caucasus, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Sochi is in southern Russia bordering a region in the North Caucasus where Sunni Islamists from Chechnya and the other Russian provinces of Ingushetia and Dagestan have increased attacks in recent years against the Russian security services.

The brothers, Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnayev, originally were born in Dagestan.

The concern is so great that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama were in contact during the period following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The bombs detonated in Boston were made from pressure cookers and based on ingredients and preparation straight out of the al-Qaida magazine, Inspire.

Combined with websites of the brothers who allegedly perpetrated the bombings, the entire episode raised mounting concerns that Chechen sleeper cells were beginning to extend their revolt abroad, as they have done in past attacks in Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey.

The Boston bombing – whether associated or not with a renewed Chechen Islamist militant initiative – is playing politically into the hands of the Kremlin.

It underscores the need for Moscow to take a concerted initiative against the Islamist radicals in the three Russian provinces neighboring Sochi, which have become a hotbed for violent jihadists fighting to gain independence from Russia and to create the Caucasus Emirates which would be guided by Shariah law.

It also reinforces Putin’s plan to continue using violent methods to quell what he perceives as a rebellion in those provinces. During the first and second Chechen wars, Putin ordered massive troop intervention that left the province in virtual ruin, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives.

In turn, the Chechen insurgency has resulted in a series of kidnappings and attacks, including at a hospital in southern Russia.

In 2002, Chechen insurgents attacked a Moscow theater, resulting in the deaths of some 40 insurgents and 130 of some 800 hostages, most of whom were killed by noxious gas pumped into the theater by Russian commandos.

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