NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 30, 2013
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(Moscow: Jim Maceda) The Volgograd attacks 5 weeks before American athletes begin arriving for the Sochi Olympic Games reviewed; scenes shown of the blown-out bus, yesterday’s train station blast; details given about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response and the suspicion the attacks were inspired by Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, who has called for disrupting the Olympics by killing civilians. [Security expert Charles HECKER- comments on security around Sochi.] [Center for Strategic and International Studies Andrew KUCHINS- worries about a series of concerted attacks.] The US offer of cooperation with Russia on security noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Live conversation held with NBC News counterterrorism analyst Michael Leiter about the terror threat. [LEITER - outlines what the US can do.]