The shirtless horseman is unlikely to need the helmeted bike rider’s help. “Russia’s Putin Vows to Fight Terrorists Until Destroyed,” from the VOA News, December 31 (thanks to Kenneth):
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to fight terrorists until their “total destruction,” following the two suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd on Sunday and Monday that left 34 people dead.
In his annual New Years address, Putin said that at the country’s most trying times, Russia has always been united and consolidated.
Russian authorities have deployed more than 5,000 security force personnel in and around Volgograd in the wake of the bombings.
In Monday’s attack, a bomb blast ripped apart a trolleybus, killing 16 people and injuring 30 others. A day earlier, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the security entrance of the city’s main train station in an attack that left 18 dead.
A spokesman for Russia’s main investigative agency said the bomb in Monday’s explosion was similar to the one used in Sunday’s attack, confirming suspicions that they may be linked.
Russia’s foreign ministry compared the attacks to similar acts of terrorism in the United States, Iraq and Nigeria. It called for international solidarity in countering terrorism….
“After Attacks, Administration Offers to Help Russia Counter “˜Folks Who Want to Cause Mischief,– by Bridget Johnson for PJ Media, December 30:
Over at the State Department, spokeswoman Marie Harf acknowledged the security issues highlighted by the bombings but still strove to argue that Sochi, 600 miles southwest of Volgograd but a hundred miles closer to Chechnya, is likely safe enough for the Olympic Games in six weeks.
“In terms of security for Sochi, U.S. citizens planning to attend should remain alert regarding their personal security at all times. I think our security experts have said that criminal activity in Sochi is similar to other cities of comparable size. Obviously, major events such as the Olympic games are an opportunity for thieves or for other folks who want to cause mischief,” Harf said.