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Russia collects saliva samples of Muslim women in Dagestan

Written by Reuters | Moscow | Published on:November 1, 2013 2:05 am

Ahead of the Sochi Olympics in February,Russia is taking saliva samples from religiously conservative Muslim women,according to locals in the North Caucasus,gathering DNA so authorities can identify the body parts if any become suicide bombers.

The move coincides with a drive by President Vladimir Putin to crack down on an Islamist insurgency in Dagestan,a province in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains east of the Winter Games sites in Sochi.

Eight women contacted by Reuters said they had been asked to provide swabs of saliva,which can be used to identify them if they blow themselves up.

Locals said the DNA tests were part of a sweep after a suicide bombing in Makhachkala in May.

Police did not respond to a request for comment.

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