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Duma Votes In Steep Defamation Fines

The Moscow Times
Parliamentarians voted for a drastic increase in fines for defamation on Friday, stoking fears of a bid to silence government critics.

Initial Hearing on Pussy Riot Case Set for July 20

The Moscow Times
A first closed hearing will be held July 20 on the hooliganism case against three alleged members of punk band Pussy Riot, who are accused of having taken part in an unsanctioned performance of an anti-Putin song in Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Screws to Tighten as NGO and Libel Bills Pass Duma

The State Duma put its stamp on two heavily criticized laws on the final day of its spring session Friday, capping a hectic period of lawmaking that opponents see as part of a crackdown on dissent.

Central Moscow Streets Flooded After Thunderstorm

The Moscow Times
Streets across central Moscow were flooded Friday afternoon after a severe thunderstorm dumped heavy rains on the city.

Cabinet Makes Agricultural Support Plan for After WTO Entry

The Moscow Times
The Cabinet on Friday approved a new long-term plan to support farming, changing some approaches that could raise questions among WTO members.

What the Papers Say, July 13, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers
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