November 3 - Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed new legislation which approves a series of strict counter-terrorism laws ahead of Sochi 2014.
The Olympics and Paralympics, which are due to open on February 7, will take place just a few hundred miles from the North Caucus region where rebels are fighting to install an Islamic state.
Moscow has cracked down on the militants, who are based in Dagestan, but a recent suicide bombing at a bus stop in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on October 21 heightened security fears ahead of the Games.
The attack killed five people and injured another 32, eight critically.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, spent the first half of last year living in Dagestan.
According to the Kremlin's legal website, Putin signed legislation over the weekend that imposes prison terms of up to 10 years for those who receive training "aimed at carrying out terrorist activity".
The legislation says "compensation for damage...caused as a result of a terrorist act is covered...with the means of the person that committed a terrorist act, and also the means of close relatives, relatives and close acquaintances."
The law also allows for the seizure of property of relatives and close acquaintances of suspected militants.
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev told the Duma that authorities were receiving "alarming information" and were working to eliminate leaders and members of armed groups.
"There are simply no other ways to combat these inhuman monsters," he said.
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