Russian Press Review (18.07–24.07)

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The Russian press was virulent this week around the Olympic Games participation issue. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes have been unsuccessful in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to reverse their ban from competition. Allegations are circulating that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping program covered up by the Russian Federal Security Service. A number of articles covered the murder of Pavel Sheremet in Kiev. The journalists did not in his conduct show signs of concern for his security – he most probably did not receive any threats prior to his death.