Residents fear further violence after Volgograd bombings
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 01:22
Dec. 30 - As officials clean up after two deadly bombings in Volgograd, residents express concern about their safety and the effectiveness of Russia's law enforcement agencies. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A mangled bus is hauled away in Volgograd as officials pick up the pieces after the latest bombing in Russia.
Two days of bombings - one on a trolleybus and another at the city's main railway station - have killed 30 and injured more than 100.
Safety has become the residents' number one concern.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VOLGOGRAD RESIDENT, SERGEI, SAYING:
"I think that of the people standing here, no one would tell you that they feel safe. A lot has been promised, but little has been done. It's clear, everyone can see it."
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered law enforcement agencies to increase security.
At a central square, dozens of residents gathered to remember the victims.
As the gathering got underway, police began to arrest some of the people, including a man holding a flag with a hammer and sickle.
An organizer said law enforcement agencies have failed to protect the country from terrorism.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VOLGOGRAD RALLY ORGANISER MIKHAIL YASIN, SAYING:
"It's time to quit this. It's time to level a question, not about some regional security chiefs, but about these structures as a whole: the police, the FSB, about the goals of their existence, because they do not fulfill their duties."
The attacks are raising fears of a concerted campaign of violence before the Olympics, which start on February 7th in Sochi.
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