Jan. 1 - Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Volgograd where two bombings killed more than 34 people earlier this week. Nathan Frandino reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the two deadly bombings in Volgograd an "abomination." The president visited the city where more than 34 people were killed earlier this week in back-to-back suicide bombings. He stopped by the hospital where a number of the injured are recovering. He later laid flowers at a memorial at the scene of one of the bombings. In a meeting with security officials, Putin said that Russia would find a way to keep citizens safe. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "The abomination of this crime that was - or crimes that were - committed here, in Volgograd don't need any additional commentary. No matter what motivated the criminals' actions, there is no justification for committing crimes against civilians, especially against women and children." The bombings have raised fears of further attacks before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics in February in Sochi. The city lies at the Western edge of the Caucasus Mountains, within a strip of land that insurgents want to turn into an Islamic State. Putin has increased security following the blasts. More than 5,000 police and interior ministry troops have mobilized in Volgograd.