Interior Ministry officers check documents of passengers at a railway station of Sochi

Posted April 30th, 2013 at 9:11 pm (UTC+0)
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After the Boston Marathon bombings, Russian Interior Ministry officers started to check the identity documents of passengers arriving at the rail station of Sochi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

Interior Ministry officers check documents of passengers at a railway station of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, April 23, 2013. Pass the metal scanner on arrival at Sochi station or watch Cossacks patrol the streets of the 2014 Winter Olympics venue and you know it did not take the Boston Marathon bombs to alert Russian organisers. Picture taken April 23, 2103. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA – Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW POLITICS SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL) – RTXYY5I

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James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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