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Kremlin Faces Barbs From All Sides on Human Rights

Russia is facing a renewed barrage of international criticism, led by the European Union, over its human rights record in connection with an ongoing clampdown on non-governmental organizations and a State Duma proposal to ban so-called "homosexual propaganda."

What the Papers Say, May 20, 2013

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers
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Fearing Afghan Instability, Russia Considers Border Troops

Russia, predicting instability once NATO-led troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, is considering deploying border guards on the Tajik-Afghan border, Moscow's envoy to Kabul said.

Hotel News

Owners Relieved at Sleepbox Success. Culture Hunters on the Trail of Historic Hotels. Sheremetyevo's First Walkway Hotel. Check Out Where Lenin Checked In.

New Casual Trend in Dining

Hotels are adopting a casual, less stuffy image and even relocating their restaurants to compete with bars and dining venues. Long overlooked, some are now becoming destinations in their own right.

New Rail and Business Hubs Tear Up Old Maps

Moscow is dividing into business districts, and investors are following the pattern. The next 12 months will see the delivery of more economy hotels in Moscow, including the further development of Paveletskaya, Kievskaya and Belorusskaya hubs.

Regions Pin Hopes on Sports Events

The development of airport hubs will spur the expansion of regional hotels but the government's slow progress on visa reform could act as a brake on growth, as it keeps tourists out of the country.

Frozen Luxury Hotel Projects Come Back to Life

Moscow's luxury hotels will see some long-delayed additions this year. The global banking crisis made financing elusive, but several projects are back on track.

Medvedev, Dismissing Recession Jitters, Says Don't Stockpile Food

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, meanwhile, said Russia will need three to five years to exit economic stagnation.

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