Monday, January 20, 2014

UNREST ON THE STREETS OF SOCHI AS THE OLYMPICS NEAR, SECURITY ON HIGH ALERT

DAVE TAYLOR SAFE AND SOUND IN SOCHI AFTER ADDITION OF "BAND OF BROTHERS" BODYGUARD TEAM

SOCHI, RUSSIA
Dave Taylor (L) poses with his bodyguards in
Sochi, Russia. Taylor met the Badasski brothers,
professional bodyguards, in the Sochi jail.

CHANNEL 1 NEWS'S Dave Taylor spent the last few days in his hotel room after the state run news in Sochi reported unsavory characters lurking about the Olympic village and streets of Sochi.  Taylor himself was stopped and detained by the special police force after being drawn into a snowball fight with the Scandinavian Womens Ski Team on Friday night. 
Taylor reported that late Friday night as he left the Polar Bear Lounge, where he was interviewing future athletes, he heard women screaming down the street.  Fearing they were in danger he approached to see if he could help and was pummeled with snow balls.  Laughter followed and he immediately joined the rukus.  He said the police soon swarmed in and snowballers scattered, leaving him there on his knees with a grin on his face. 
It took him until early Sunday morning to identify himself after losing his credentials in the snowball fight.  He spent Friday and Saturday night in a Sochi jail cell.  It was there he learned of the dangers lurking about the area and that someone as well known as he, should have at least one body guard.
Taylor was fortunate to meet the four Badasski brothers in his cell block, professional bodyguards looking for work at the Sochi Olympics.  One of the brothers, spoke a little English and befriended Taylor, setting up the body guard work agreement.  Taylor, with new credentials obtained from the American consulate in Sochi, was released from jail and immediately arranged bail for the Badasskis.
"I'm safe to roam the streets now" a happy Taylor wrote in a text to his home office.  "These young hunks can be brutal if need be."
CHANNEL 1 NEWS will continue these reports from Sochi, up to and throughout the Winter Olympics.




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