Editor's note: An Islamic group is reporting the death of wanted Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, who threatened the Sochi Olympics. His death has been reported previously, but AP says this appears to be the first time it's by the organization he headed. We're watching for more confirmation. - Stephanie
There were many controversies and concerns affecting the 2014 Winter Olympics. There were disputes with Circassians, who demanded the events be cancelled or moved unless Russia apologized for the 19th century Circassian genocide, environmental and economic issues, lack of political stability and governance, and the safety and human rights of LGBT athletes and journalists, in light of Russia's "gay propaganda" laws, which sparked Olympic-focused protests.