© Chappatte in The International New York Times
An unprecedented level of security has been implemented around the Russian city of Sochi, the site of the Olympic Games. Tens of thousands of police officers have been tasked to protect tourists, athletes and locals against possible threats. Up to the start of the Games, around 23 thousand personnel will carry out security measures, while around 40 thousand people will ensure safety during the Games. The country is to spend around $2 billion on security, according to reports in the Russian media. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows a checkpoint at the entrance to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are being held. The road is blocked with a barrier and barbed wire. A machine-gun-toting Russian soldier in a fur hat is checking the papers of the athlete who is carrying the Olympic torch. The joke is that security is so tight that even the torch bearer is subjected to an identity check.