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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Diplomat Attacked

The Associated Press

Three teenagers assaulted a Japanese diplomat outside his embassy in Moscow on Sunday, breaking his nose before running off, an embassy official said. The reason for the attack was unclear.

Yoshiyuki Yamada, second secretary of the embassy?s economic section, was walking from the office to his car in downtown Moscow when he was attacked, said an embassy official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Yamada was not robbed. Police said they were searching for the attackers

Yeltsin Cataract Surgery


Former President Boris Yeltsin has undergone a successful operation to remove a cataract, the Kremlin said.

A spokesman said Monday the operation had been performed at a Moscow hospital. Yeltsin had been released and was now at his Gorki-9 residence outside Moscow. The spokesman gave no more details.

Kursk Sailors Honored

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG ? Widows, parents and children of sailors killed aboard the Kursk nuclear submarine have received medals from the navy in an emotional ceremony that dredged up the pain of the Aug. 12 disaster.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding the posthumous Medal of Courage to the Kursk?s 118 crew members. The 13 sailors from St. Petersburg and the surrounding region were honored in Saturday?s ceremony, news reports said.

UN Workers Nabbed

The Associated Press

TBILISI, Georgia ? Two members of a UN observer mission in Georgia?s breakaway Abkhazia province have been kidnapped by unidentified armed men, officials said.

The men, one Greek and one Polish, were patrolling the Kodor Gorge on Sunday when they lost contact with the mission office, said Veselin Kostov, political adviser at the UN office in Tbilisi. Officials in Greece identified the first as Greek army Captain Stathis Kokkindis. The name of the second man was not released.

The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned the seizure as a terrorist act and demanded they be immediately released.

5 Elections Held

The Associcated Press

Incumbent governors won in three of five regional elections held over the weekend.

In Khabarovsk, Governor Viktor Ishayev won with 88 percent of the vote cast Sunday, according to Itar-Tass. Governors Nikolai Vinogradov of the Vladimir and Oleg Bogomolov of the Kurgan region won with 66 percent and 50.5 percent of the vote, respectively.

Gubernatorial elections went into runoff contests in the Bryansk region and Kostroma, Itar-Tass reported.