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“Ring of what?” Some security in Sochi surprisingly lax

Police patrolled the boardwalk on the Black Sea outside the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.
Police patrolled the boardwalk on the Black Sea outside the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.Credit: David Goldman/Associated Press

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SOCHI, Russia — The scowling security guy in the camouflage outfit pointed at the reporter’s gray bag and demanded to know what it contained.

A laptop, the reporter said, and started to unzip the pocket.

“Don’t worry,” the man said, placing a hand on the zipper. “I believe you.”

Say what? After all, this was Sochi, just three days before the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, and just a few feet from the barrier of the massive security zone that is supposed to shield thousands of Olympians, their guests, and their spectators from the threat of terror.

The casual approach to the search of that bag came as a shock, given the solemn and frequent assurances from Russian officials that these Olympics would be terror-proof.

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