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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Kursk Lift Plan

MOSCOW (AP) -- The top Rubin submarine design bureau has worked out a plan for raising fragments of the Kursk nuclear submarine that were left on the Barents Sea floor when its gutted carcass was lifted last fall, its director said Monday.

Igor Spassky, the head of Rubin, which played an active role in the larger salvage effort performed by a Dutch consortium, said the operation to raise pieces of the Kursk bow would be carried out this summer exclusively by Russian experts.

Spassky didn't say when the operation to raise the bow fragments would start or how much it would cost.

Benefit Auction

MOSCOW (MT) -- A two-day auction of Russian art to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 attacks was due to begin Monday in Manhattan, Interfax reported.

The auction was organized under the auspices of the Culture Ministry, the Moscow Association of Industrialists and the Museum of Modern Russian Art in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The sale will include paintings, drawings and sculptures by Russian artists Ernst Neizvestny, Oskar Rabin, Mikhail Shemyakhin, Vladimir Nemukhin and the team of Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, among others.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was expected to open the sale, scheduled to coincide with the six-month anniversary of the attacks.

Bidding for pieces of art by the auction's better-known artists was expected to start at $15,000.

Book-Burning Delayed

MOSCOW (MT) -- A Maryland congresswoman has intervened to postpone the burning of more than 1 million Russian books from the Victor Kamkin bookstore in Rockville, Maryland, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

Congresswoman Constance Morella told journalists Sunday that she had asked Sheriff Raimond Kight of Montgomery County, where the bookstore is located, to take the books to a local police warehouse for a few days while the search for a permanent storage facility continues, RIA-Novosti said.

Founded 50 years ago by Russian immigrant Victor Kamkin, the bookstore was a major seller of literature from the Soviet Union in the United States, but with the end of the Cold War interest in Russian-language books faded and sales went down.

The current owner of the store is $200,000 behind in rent and has been served with an eviction notice. Unable to find a buyer for the collection, which workers at the store estimate could number nearly 2 million books and other published materials, the owner had arranged for the books to be destroyed at the county incinerator.

Adoption Trial Starts

MOSCOW (AP) -- The trial of an Italian woman charged with bribery and forgery in connection with adoptions of Russian children by foreigners opened Monday but was immediately postponed for a day, prosecutors said.

Nadezhda Fratti, of the Italian adoption agency Arcobaleno, was arrested more than a year ago in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.

She is accused of forging documents and bribing officials to facilitate adoptions. If convicted, she could face up to eight years in prison, said Lyudmila Yelestratova, a spokeswoman for the regional prosecutor's office.

Yelestratova said the trial was postponed until Tuesday to give Fratti's new Moscow lawyer a chance to read the case file.