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US offers Russia security help in wake of terrorist attacks


With the Winter Olympics about a month away, terrorists attacked a Russian train station. The second attack in as many days has left a total of 31 people dead.

US officials are offering to help avert the kind of attack suffered this year at another iconic sports event: the Boston Marathon. So far, though, the Russian attacks are hundreds of miles from the Olympics.

Monday's bombing left the bus a skeleton and killed 14 people. It was the second suicide attack in two days. Sunday's attack at a train station killed 17. Both attacks occurred in the city of Volgograd.

"No one feels safe," said one resident.

A reported police suspect in the railway attack had posted a video saying he joined Islamic radicals in Dagestan. That's the Russian republic where Islamic radical Tamerlan Tsarnaev went before the Boston Marathon bombing.

Now the Sochi Olympics are five weeks away - 400 miles from Volgograd.

Russia expert Andrew Kuchins says the games are in danger.

"Its pretty bad," he said.

A right wing US fanatic bombed the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Palestinian terrorists hit the 1972 games.

"A successful terrorist attack on Sochi, itself, during the games, that's the holy grail," said Kuchins.

Russian Olympic officials say they're ready

"The security in Sochi itself is elaborate. It's extensive. They're taking every precaution to ruin any incidence there," said Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

Russian President Vladimir Putin rose to power fighting Islamic terrorists and sees Sochi as his crowning achievement

Kuchins says while Sochi has great symbolic significance for Putin's leadership, any incident could wipe that out if what happened in Volgograd gets to Sochi.

Putin has ordered tighter security all across Russia.

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