Russian Law Permits Authorities to Spy on All Communications in Sochi During Olympics

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Sochi security fears reached Olympian heights this week after reports surfaced that Russian authorities were searching for a suicide bomber believed to have infiltrated the city where the Winter Games will begin in just 16 days.

Yet critics also voiced a different concern: that some of Sochi's unprecedented surveillance systems outstrip what is necessary to protect the Games from attacks, and seem designed to also sweep up the communications of journalists, activists and even athletes.