Russian authorities have increased security across the country following two deadly terrorist attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern city of Volgograd.
Both worrisome coming just weeks before Russia is to hold the Sochi Winter Games, which it called the "safest Olympics in history."
At least 14 were killed Monday morning when a suicide bomber exploded a rail bus in Volgograd during rush hour. On Sunday at least 17 were killed when a suicide bomber targeted the city's main train station.
Both attacks were less than 700 kilometers from where the Sochi winter Olympics will kick off February 7.
Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Montreal reporter working in Moscow, says it’s clear that these attacks are linked to Chechen rebel groups who asked supporters to use maximum force to disrupt the Olympic Games back in July.
“We can see with these attacks in Volgograd that the reality of safety is actually a shakier than we think it is, and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to work hard before the games, to reassure his population who are actually terrified,” Tétrault-Farber said.
The increased security measures taken by President Putin for the population and for the Olympics are not yet clear. However New Year's fireworks have been cancelled in St. Petersburg.