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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Gusinsky Hearing

The Moscow Times

A Spanish court on Tuesday postponed a scheduled extradition hearing for Vladimir Gusinsky, Interfax reported.

Gusinsky, a founder of the Media-MOST group and its flagship NTV, faces fraud charges in Russia.

Interfax quoted Gusinsky's lawyer as saying the hearing was postponed because one of the required documents was missing a judge's signature.




Budanov Trial Goes On

The Associated Press

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia — The trial of Colonel Yury Budanov, accused of murdering an 18-year-old Chechen woman, was adjourned early Tuesday because the victim's mother suffered a seizure of nervous distress.

Budanov is charged with abducting Elza Kungayeva from her home near the Chechen village of Tangi-Chu and strangling her. He has admitted to the killing, but denies it was premeditated.

Kungayeva's mother, Roza Bashayeva, has been unwell through most of the trial.

Adlan Kungayev, the victim's uncle, who testified earlier in the day, said he saw soldiers enter the family home and leave with a bundle, but could not say if they took Kungayeva with them. Other neighbors have given similar testimony.

The plaintiff's lawyers are preparing to summon Kungayeva's four siblings aged between 5 and 15, who slept in the same room with her on the night of the abduction.




Borodin in Hospital

The Associated Press

Pavel Borodin, the former Kremlin property manager accused of corruption by Swiss officials, was admitted to a hospital Tuesday, his aide Yevgeny Krovopuskov said.

Borodin returned from Geneva last Friday after being freed on $3 million bail. Krovopuskov said he was in fine condition and the checkup was routine.

Swiss prosecutors allege Borodin took $30 million in kickbacks from two Swiss firms, which won lucrative contracts to renovate government buildings, including part of the Kremlin.




Serbian PM Arrives

The Associated Press

The prime minister of Serbia arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks that are expected to focus on economic issues.

Zoran Djindjic is to meet Wednesday with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and key parliament- members.

The discussions will include Russian investment in Yugoslavia, mutual debts and Russian oil and natural gas exports to Yugoslavia. The country is struggling to recover from damages wrought by war and a decade of mismanagement under former President Slobodan Milosevic.

Djindjic also is to discuss continuing troubles in Kosovo, a section of Serbia that has been under U.N.-led control since the end of the 1999 war, and elsewhere in the Balkans.




Red Square Pilot Fined

The Associated Press

HAMBURG, Germany — The German man who gained notoriety by landing a plane on Red Square in 1987 was fined 10,000 marks ($4,550) Tuesday for stealing a sweater.

Mathias Rust, 33, was caught in a Hamburg department store trying to take a cashmere sweater worth $80.

After his May 28, 1987, flight into Moscow with a Cessna plane, Rust was sentenced by Soviet authorities to four years in prison. He was freed after a year following diplomatic pressure. Back in Germany, Rust was sentenced in 1989 to 2 1/2 years in prison and fined for attempted manslaughter in the stabbing of a woman who rejected his advances.