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What the Papers Say, July 24, 2013

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

Detentions Intensify Fears Over Gay Rights

Concerns are mounting over the impact Russia's recently passed "gay propaganda" law may have on this winter's games in Sochi — for tourists, athletes and for Russia's reputation abroad.

Moscow River Passing on Its Pollutants

The quantity of industrial pollutants in the Moscow River significantly exceeds safety standards, according to a study by Greenpeace Russia.

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Denied Parole Again

RIA Novosti
Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina was denied parole for a second time Wednesday, a decision her lawyer called "legally unfounded," the RAPSI legal news agency reported.

Sharonov to Leave Moscow City Hall

Deputy Mayor Andrei Sharonov will leave his position after the city elections in September, Vedomosti reported Wednesday based on information from unnamed sources in federal and municipal government offices.

Snowden to Stay in Russia for Now, Lawyer Says

The Associated Press
Edward Snowden may be settling in for a long stay in Russia, his lawyer indicated Wednesday, saying the National Security Agency leaker plans to start studying the Russian language and culture and that, for the time being, Russia is his final destination.

Dixy Sales Growth Slows

Russia's third-largest food retailer Dixy Group said Wednesday that its same-store sales growth slowed in the second quarter as competition increased.

Medvedev Backs Low-Cost Airline Hub

Government plans to create an alternative to the three overloaded airports near Moscow are beginning to materialize as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for a thorough investigation of the potential of Yermolino airport in the Kaluga region.

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