Twin blasts in the Russian city of Volgograd have left Russians and Sochi Olympic enthusiasts rattled – but not as rattled as the dozens who were injured in the deadly attacks.
The first attack occurred over the weekend when an explosion at Volgograd’s main train station killed 17 people and wounded at least 35. The second blast happened on Monday when at least 14 people were killed and dozens more injured in a bombing on a trolleybus in Volgograd. The second suspected suicide bomb hit the trolleybus near a busy market during the morning rush hour.
A spokesman for the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s federal investigation agency said the twin explosions were terrorist attacks – and not the kind of terrorists who hate public transportation, but the kind of terrorists who are involved in the Islamist-inspired insurgency against Russian rule in Chechnya and Dagestan (or so it’s speculated…)
“This strike, which was cynically planned for the period of preparations for New Year’s celebrations, is one more attempt by terrorists to open a domestic front, sow panic and chaos, and trigger religious strife and conflicts in Russian society,” said a statement Monday by Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The attacks come just weeks before Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, about 430 miles away from Volgograd. Despite the recent violence, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach insisted after Monday’s bombing that they feel “safe and secure” holding the games in Sochi – because, well, what else is he going to say? He also added that the Sochi Olympic Games will not require any extra security measures to be taken because “everything needed has already been done.”
But on the bright side, at least the bombings have temporarily distracted the international community from Russia’s anti-gay laws. Now athletes can concentrate less on being outed and more on not getting blown up.
Confirming my fear of downhill sports, Formula One racing star Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after a ski accident in the French Alps.
Schumacher was skiing with his teenage son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. Luckily, the 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, otherwise he definitely would not have made it to the hospital. Unluckily, the helmet wasn’t sufficient and he suffered a pretty rough head injury anyways.
Following the accident, Schumacher arrived at a hospital in the nearby town of Moutiers, where his neurological condition “deteriorated rapidly”. After being taken to a larger facility in Grenoble, Schumacher was put in a medically induced coma while he fights for his life.
“We had to operate urgently to release some pressure in his head,” said Grenoble University Medical Center chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen.
Doctors say they are working “hour by hour” and all they can do at this point is wait.
“We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” the anesthesiologist said.
The case is pretty similar to the accident that killed actress Natasha Richardson five years ago in Mont Tremblant. Richardson, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, fell and hit her head during a ski lesson on a beginner’s slope. After initially refusing treatment, Richardson eventually died from blunt trauma to the head, causing massive internal bleeding in the brain. In a similar vein, Sonny Bono was also killed while skiing after hitting a tree and Michael Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a ski accident in Colorado.
So if celebrities have taught us anything, it’s to avoid skiing. Or at the very least, wear a helmet – no matter how much of a dork you look like.