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What the Papers Say, Apr. 2, 2013

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

Sochi Hotel Room Seekers Come in Last Place

The paint on the walls of similarly designed hotels surrounded by the picturesque Caucasus Mountains at the Rosa Khutor ski resort built by billionaire Vladimir Potanin barely had time to dry before guests began to check in.

Putin Ramps Up Declaration Requirements

President Vladimir Putin has expanded declaration requirements for more than 1.3 million state employees and given the Kremlin the power to demand and check disclosures, significant steps toward carrying out the government's stalled anti-corruption plan.

Courts and Prisons the Focus of Human Rights Complaints

Unfair court judgments, poor prison conditions and abuse of authority by law enforcement officials were among the main complaints received by Kremlin human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin last year, which he said in an annual report was the "most difficult" for him since taking his post in 2004.

Railways Tighten Security Ahead of Sochi Games

Additional bag screenings at train stations are part of a raft of planned security measures ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Governor's Favorite Declared Mayoral Vote Winner

Governor Andrei Vorobyov's preferred candidate was on Monday declared the winner of a small town mayoral election marred by allegations of widespread fraud.

Sobyanin Tries Out New Unified Commuter Pass

The Moscow Times
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin personally tested the new unified fare system for the city's public transportation on Tuesday.

Snowstorm a Cruel Joke for Muscovites on April Fools' Day

April Fools' Day proved to be no laughing matter in Moscow on Monday, with the city receiving up to 40 percent of the month's norm of snow in one day.

Shuvalov Says No Help for Cyprus Account Holders

The government will not intervene on behalf of Russians hit by a drastic restructuring of Cyprus' banking system, though it will consider specific cases involving state-linked companies, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.

Moscow Leads in Procurement Transparency

Moscow Deputy Mayor Andrei Sharonov said Monday that the city's experience in conducting procurement tenders should be taken as an example for the country to increase transparency.

Latest Estimate Puts Zenit Stadium Construction at $1.1Bln

The cost of the stadium being built in St. Petersburg for the Zenit soccer team, which is slated to be one of the venues for the World Cup in 2018, is now at 34 billion rubles ($1.1 billion), a St. Petersburg city official said.

Insurgent Payoff Report 'Provocation'

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, head of the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, denounced as a "planned provocation" a report that the chairman of his administration paid monthly kickbacks of $1 million to appease infamous insurgent leader Doku Umarov.

Top Olympic Investors Complain Over Cost Overruns

Some of the biggest investors in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are requesting financial help from the government to help ease the burden from the Games' estimated $50 billion price tag.

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