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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Kadyrov 'Humiliated'

MOSCOW (MT) -- Akhmad Kadyrov, the Moscow-appointed head of Chechnya's administration, was stopped Monday in a "humiliating" run-in with federal troops, his press secretary, Lecha Yakhya-yev, told Interfax.

Kadyrov's motorcade was stopped at a checkpoint between his home village of Tsentoroi and Grozny. Servicemen blocked the road and demanded a pass, despite explanations from traffic police accompanying the motorcade, Yakhyayev said. He claimed the servicemen fired into the air and Kadyrov had to personally speak with them before being allowed to pass. Kadyrov regards the incident as "a provocation aimed at humiliating him," Yakhyayev said.

The police have started an investigation, Akhmed Abastov, head of the Gudermes district, told Interfax.

Chechnya Casualties

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- Two sisters of Adam Deniyev, a deputy head of the Moscow-appointed administration who died in an explosion last year, were shot and killed Sunday in their homes in Avtury, Interfax reported.

Rebels had taken responsibility for Deniyev's killing, saying he was targeted for cooperating with the Russians. His brother Gazimagomed Deniyev was killed in Moscow last month, Interfax reported

Federal troops clashed with rebels in the Argun and Tsotsin-Yurt regions, killing five militants, officials said Monday. Nine soldiers were killed and 23 were wounded in other rebel attacks over the past 24 hours, an official in the Moscow-appointed Chechen administration said.

At least 110 people were detained on suspicion of rebel ties, as troops continued searches for militants.

Meanwhile, police acting on a tip from Chechen refugees discovered an arms stash Sunday in Ingushetia.

Synagogue Defiled

MOSCOW (MT) -- Six teenagers believed to be skinheads vandalized a synagogue late Sunday in Kostroma, Interfax reported Monday.

The report quoted Andrei Osherov, a member of the United Committee for the Protection of Jews, as saying the youths painted a black swastika on the synagogue wall and wrote derogatory remarks signed "Skins." Osherov said the group, aged about 15 to 16, ran away when a night watchman came outside.

"The [Jewish] community plans to file a complaint with the Federal Security Service and the regional administration, which assured Kostroma's Jews just a week ago that the city's nationalist and extremist groups were under control," Osherov was quoted as saying.

Kazakh Dissident

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Reuters) -- France's ambassador to Kazakhstan refused Sunday to hand over Kazakh opposition leader Galymzhan Zhakiyanov, who has been hiding at the French mission in Almaty since Friday.

French Ambassador Serge Smessow said the 38-year-old leader of a movement opposing Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev had been asked to leave but would not be forced to go against his will.

"It is not our practice to use force to expel a person from the embassy," he told Khabar television Sunday.

State television channels reported Saturday that prosecutors had issued an arrest warrant for Zhakiyanov, a former governor of the northern Pavlodar region. He has been charged with abuse of office and illegal sales of state-run companies.

Draftee Hot Line

MOSCOW (MT) -- The spring draft started Monday and City Hall opened a hot line for army conscripts and their parents to report any problems, Interfax reported.

The hot line is to operate 24 hours a day for three months; however, the telephone number provided by Interfax, 774-1147, turned out to be a mobile phone that was switched off Monday.

The Defense Ministry plans to draft 160,000 young men this spring, ORT reported.

Deputy Moscow Mayor Lyubov Shvetsova told Interfax that Moscow's draft commission has responded to 170 of 200 complaints it received from conscripts and their families during the fall draft last year.

For the Record

President Vladimir Putin has appointed First Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshchinin as his personal envoy for the Georgian-Abkhaz settlement, Interfax reported Monday. (MT)

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has signed a decree providing the widow of his former rival, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first post-Soviet president, with government security guards, free medical care and telephone service, Georgian state television reported Sunday. (AP)

Merle Parts, an Estonian judge well known for trying mafia cases, was shot and seriously wounded Sunday in a parking lot outside Tallinn, police said. Police have detained a 28-year-old man in connection with the attack. (Reuters)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina traveled Monday to the southern resort of Mineralniye Vody for a two-week vacation. They had no plans for medical treatment, Interfax reported. (AP)