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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Unity Goes to Iraq


A delegation from the pro-Kremlin Unity Party left Friday for Iraq, news agencies reported.

The group, headed by State Duma Deputy Nikolai Loktionov, is set to attend an international conference on lifting economic sanctions against Iraq to be held in Baghdad over the weekend, Itar-Tass reported Friday.

President Vladimir Putin has said that United Nations sanctions against Iraq should be lifted as soon as possible, The Associated Press reported. Receiving credentials Thursday from several new ambassadors, including Iraq’s, Putin said diplomacy was the only answer.

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Russia is preparing a proposal on resolving the conflict with Iraq, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Ivanov will visit Iraq during his planned trip to the Middle East next week.

Kursk Log Not Found


Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said Friday that documents recovered from the wreck of the Kursk nuclear submarine earlier this month were not part of the sub’s log book, as reported Friday, Interfax said.

In a statement read out by his press secretary, Klebanov said that some media had misinterpreted his words and that only separate bits of technical documentation had been recovered, none of which shed any new light on the cause of the accident.

The documents in question had been found in the fourth compartment, while a sub’s log is usually kept in one of the first two compartments.

Mausoleum Closes


The Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square will be closed to visitors from Saturday until Dec. 25, Interfax reported Friday.

The routine six-week shutdown will allow the team of scientists responsible for the maintenance of Vladimir Lenin’s corpse to "carry out measures for preserving it in its current state," said Sergei Devyatov, press secretary of the Federal Bodyguard Service, which is responsible for guarding the mausoleum.

Ekho Moskvy reported Friday that upkeep of the mausoleum costs $1.5 million a year.