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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Briton Detained



MOSCOW (AP) — A British citizen is suspected of stabbing a Russian with a shard of glass outside a Moscow nightclub, but no formal charges have been brought yet, officials said Monday.

The Briton, identified as Symon Connelly, 28, was arrested Sunday night outside the Zeppelin night club in northern Moscow minutes after the fight in which he stabbed his opponent, a 26-year old Russian citizen, in his face and chest, said a Moscow police spokeswoman who asked not to be named.

The Russian has been hospitalized. An official investigation was under way.

Police said Connelly was staying in Russia on a commercial visa.

A spokesman for the British Embassy said it had been in contact with Connelly, who spent the night at home and was voluntarily returning to a police station Monday to help the investigation. No charges have been brought yet, said the official, who asked not to be identified.




Budanov Treatment



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) — A court in southern Russia ordered Colonel Yury Budanov, a tank commander on trial for murdering an 18-year-old Chechen woman, to be sent to Moscow for a psychiatric examination.

The chief psychiatrist of the Defense Ministry, Colonel Leonid Pustovalov, testified Monday that the first two evaluations of Budanov were inconclusive and urged a third.

The first was conducted by a military hospital and the second by civilians. Pustovalov said the third analysis should include military and civilian experts.

Judge Viktor Kostin said the Justice Ministry should decide who would participate in the Moscow examination.




Interpol Pans Request



MOSCOW (AP) — The Interpol police agency has rejected Russia’s request for help in arresting Vladimir Gusinsky, saying the case was politically motivated, officials said Monday.

The decision appeared to endorse claims by Gusinsky and many journalists that the fraud case against Gusinsky was punishment for his media’s criticism of President Vladimir Putin.

"This is very important for us," said Yelena Visens, a spokeswoman for Gusinsky’s Media-MOST.

Gusinsky has been living abroad in recent months, and a Spanish court in April rejected Moscow’s demands to extradite him. The court said the grounds for Russia’s case against Gusinsky would not amount to a crime in Spain — a key criterion for extradition decisions.

Russian authorities also appealed to Interpol to help arrest Gusinsky. But Interpol refused to register the case, special officer Zhinjin Zuo said Monday from Interpol headquarters in France.




Early Tobin Release?



MOSCOW (AP) — John Tobin, a U.S. Fulbright scholar convicted on drug charges, could be freed on good behavior in early August, after having served half of his one-year sentence, an official said Monday.

Tobin, 24, was convicted in April of obtaining, possessing and distributing drugs in Voronezh and was sentenced to 37 months in prison. A higher court overturned the distribution conviction on appeal and reduced the sentence to a year.

Tobin will have served out half of his prison term on Aug. 2 and will be eligible to apply for early release, a Justice Ministry spokesman in Voronezh, Alexander Babkin, was quoted by Interfax and TV6 television as saying.

The release would have to be first approved by the prison administration and then by a court, he said, adding that a hearing would likely take place Aug. 4-5.