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6 Feb, 2008 13:50

Putin: Xenophobia and nationalism are Russian time bombs

Security during election periods and terrorism prevention for Sochi's 2014 Olympics have been singled out as areas of special attention for Russian police by Vladimir Putin. At a meeting with top Interior Ministry officials the Russian President also urge

He also said the creation of an effective system for crime prevention is a priority for the Interior Ministry.

One problem in particular must be fought by a joint effort, Putin stressed, as its consequences reach far beyond those of terrorism.

“We cannot close our eyes to any outbreaks of extremism. Russia has always been strong, thanks to the unity of the nations living on its territory. As for belligerent nationalism, xenophobia appeals to violence and ethnic hatred. They always have been and always will  be a time bomb under our sovereignty,” Putin said.