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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Berezovsky Foundation

The Associated Press

Tycoon Boris Berezovsky has announced the creation of a foundation to develop civil society in Russia, his latest gambit to regain the influence he has lost under President Vladimir Putin.

Berezovsky, a one-time political insider now under investigation for alleged financial misconduct, said the fund was necessary to defend society against the growth of alleged authoritarian tendencies in Russia.

He will donate $25 million over five years to the fund, called the International Foundation for Civil Liberties, according to a statement faxed to The Associated Press late Monday.

The money will support some human rights groups and sponsor an electronic archive on political repression under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, the statement said.

Berezovsky said he had hired two former employees of U.S. financier George Soros’ philanthropic organizations, Alex Goldfarb and Pavel Arsenyev, to manage the fund.




Sochi Poll Invalidated

The Associated Press

A court in the Black Sea resort of Sochi has thrown out the results of an election to the city council, citing numerous electoral violations.

The Dec. 3 election was marred by the printing of extra ballots, mistakes in registering voters, vote-counting violations and numerous other problems, candidates in the race alleged.

After a weeklong hearing, a city court in Sochi decided Monday that the protests were justified and canceled the election results, NTV reported.

"Everybody is displeased," said candidate Yury Platonov, who protested the results in court.

Electoral officials "counted in whatever way they wanted," he told NTV.




Schr?der to Visit Putin

Reuters

BERLIN — German Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der plans a private family trip to Russia on Jan. 6 to 7 to visit President Vladimir Putin, the Chancellery said Tuesday.

No further details of the trip were announced, which is at Putin’s invitation and coincides with the birthday of Putin’s wife, Lyudmila, and with Orthodox Christmas.




False Hijack Alarm

Reuters

A cargo plane landed safely Tuesday after broadcasting a hijack signal that proved to be a false alarm, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman said the An-26 propeller cargo plane had landed safely as scheduled at Ufa in Bashkortostan, after giving a signal that the crew had been attacked.

The plane had been on a flight from Novosibirsk in Siberia carrying four crew and no passengers or cargo.




Dyachenko for Duma?

The Moscow Times

Tatyana Dyachenko, the daughter of former President Boris Yeltsin, may be asked to run for the State Duma seat currently held by Roman Abramovich, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Abramovich would have to give up his Duma seat if he wins Sunday’s election for the governorship of the Chukotka region.

A group of local voters has already drafted an official appeal to Dyachenko, who has served as a presidential aide, to run for the Duma seat, the Kommersant daily reported.