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01/23/2014

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Tandem Toilets in Sochi Olympic Venue Make Navalny Question Spending

The Moscow Times
A Sochi Olympic venue has put two toilets side by side in the same stall, sending social networks buzzing about the Games organizers' extreme generosity with the commodes — or their extreme skimpiness on the partitions.

What the Papers Say, Jan. 22

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language papers.
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Normal Service Restored to Moscow Metro's Green Line

The Moscow Times
Normal service has resumed on the Moscow metro's Green Line after damage caused to a tunnel between two stations earlier Wednesday led to transport disruption in the south of the city.

U.S.-Russian Sochi Cooperation 'Subject to Mistrust'

As the U.S. expressed concern over the safety of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and offered to send its own warships to assist in case of a terrorist threat, observers said that cooperation between U.S. and Russian security agencies on the matter is not much more than a formality.

Olympic Teams Prepare for Possible Security Crisis in Sochi

Amid heightened concerns about security at the upcoming Sochi Winter Games, Russia has introduced extensive safeguards that observers say are close to those imposed in a state of emergency. But some countries' teams will be providing their athletes with even more security, worrying that the level of danger in Sochi is higher than at any previous Olympics.

State Duma Stiffens Punishments for Extremism

The Moscow Times
The State Duma has passed legislation strengthening punishments for participants in extremist groups amid continuing concerns about terrorist threats to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.

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Environmental Groups Lobby for Jailed Activist Ahead of Games

Four high-profile environmental and human rights groups held a news conference Wednesday in a bid to help a jailed activist who criticized construction for the 2014 Sochi Olympics over supposed harm it has done to the environment.

Russian Prosecutor Seeks 5 to 6 Years in Jail for Anti-Putin Protesters

Reuters
A Russian prosecutor demanded prison terms of between five and six years for eight demonstrators charged with mass disorder at a protest in 2012 against President Vladimir Putin, which if granted could provoke an outcry before the Winter Olympics.

Hoax Threats Before Games Play on Sochi Security Fears

Reuters
At least five European countries' Olympic committees received letters in Russian on Wednesday making a "terrorist threat" before the Sochi Games, but Olympic chiefs said they posed no danger.

Ukraine Prosecutors: 2 Dead Men Hit by Live Ammo

The Associated Press
Two people whose bodies were found Wednesday near the site of clashes with police were shot with live ammunition, prosecutors said Wednesday, raising fears that their deaths — the first after two months of largely peaceful protests — could further fuel violence on the streets of the Ukrainian capital.

Syria Peace Conference Opens With Rifts

Reuters
Syria's government and opposition, meeting face to face for the first time at a United Nations peace conference, angrily spelled out their hostility on Wednesday as world powers also restated contrasting views on the future of President Bashar Assad.

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