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Dutch Journalist Says Denied Entry for Sochi Reporting

An award-winning Dutch photojournalist who has been working in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus region for five years, has been refused a Russian visa in what he says was likely an attempt to suspend his critical reporting ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Rosneft and Novaport May Buy Domodedovo Airport for $4.7Bln

The Moscow Times
State-owned oil giant Rosneft and businessman Roman Trotsenko's airport investment company, Novaport, could purchase Moscow's second-largest airport, Domodedovo, Prime reported Monday, citing sources at the airport, Novaport and in the government.

Charges Coming in Greenpeace Case

The Associated Press
The Investigative Committee on Monday accused Greenpeace activists of posing a "real threat" to the security of personnel on an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic, another indication that Moscow plans to prosecute the jailed environmentalists for their protest.

Courts Toss Navalny's Lawsuits

Several Moscow courts Monday threw out lawsuits filed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny to contest the results of the Sept. 8 mayoral vote, while his supporters speculated about a possible early election of the Moscow City Duma that could give the upper hand in the campaign to ruling party candidates.

IOC Chief Receives Russian 'Assurances' Over Gays

The Associated Press
New IOC President Thomas Bach said he had received assurances from senior Russian officials and games organizers that an ongoing controversy over the country's treatment of gays would not affect athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Viacom Takes Control for MTV Russia Relaunch

Global media giant Viacom will relaunch its world-famous MTV channel on Russian cable and satellite networks Tuesday, part of a strategy to focus on a local market that promises growing audiences.

Tolokonnikova's Lawyers Appeal to UN Over Prison Conditions

The Moscow Times
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's lawyers sent a letter to the United Nations on Monday, asking for a review of the prison conditions that the incarcerated Pussy Riot activist began protesting against last week with a hunger strike.

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