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Have the bombings in Russia changed your Sochi Olympics plans?

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volgograd-explosion-121330-460.jpgExperts and police officers examine a site of a trolleybus explosion, background, in Volgograd, Russia Monday. (Denis Tyrin/Associated Press)

Two explosions that have killed more than 30 people in two days have highlighted the Russian city of Volgograd, as the country prepares to host February's Winter Games in Sochi.

A blast that tore through an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during Monday's morning rush hour, killing 14, was probably carried out by suicide bombers from the same organization behind a railway explosion a day earlier, officials said.

While terrorists may find it hard to get to the tightly guarded Olympic facilities, the bombings have shown they can hit civilian targets elsewhere in Russia with shocking ease. Volgograd is located about 650 kilometres northeast of Sochi.

Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov said Monday there was no need to take any extra steps to secure Sochi in the wake of the Volgograd bombings, as "everything necessary already has been done."

The attacks have come at an inopportune time for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has staked much of his international reputation on staging a safe and successful Winter Games.

Do you have plans to travel to Sochi and attend the Olympics? If so, have the recent news of recent attacks caused you to reconsider, alter or even cancel your plans to attend?

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With files from the Associated Press

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