FSB sees no human rights violations in security measures at Sochi Olympics

October 2, 2013 RBTH, Interfax
Security officials said they did not see human rights violations in limiting transport movement in Sochi during the winter Olympics because it was aimed at ensuring security and comfort.

Security officials said they did not see human rights violations in limiting transport movement in Sochi during the winter Olympics because it was aimed at ensuring security and comfort.

"The city will in no way resemble a concentration camp," FSB department head Alexei Lavrishchev said at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

According to the Russian president's decree of August 19, the so-called closed areas will be introduced in Sochi while the winter Olympics are held, Lavrishchev said. Special rules will apply to these areas - only trains, emergency vehicles and transport related to city functioning and Olympics will be allowed to move within the areas, he said.

"All these measures are aimed not only at ensuring security and comfort but conditions necessary for organizers as well, so that the Olympics are held at a decent level," Lavrishchev said.

The situation in the rest of Sochi will not differ from every-day life aside from additional police units, Lavrishchev said.

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