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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Media Boss Killed



MOSCOW (MT) -- The owner of a regional television and radio company was killed late Tuesday in an explosion outside his home in Vladivostok, news reports said.

Oleg Sedinko, owner of the New Wave, or Novaya Volna, broadcasting company, died on the spot when he was decapitated by the blast, Interfax reported. Sedinko's bodyguard was injured in the attack.

NTV television quoted investigators as saying the explosive device seems to have been remote-controlled and the attack was most likely business-related.

In addition to his broadcasting company, which will be celebrating its seventh anniversary this week, Sedinko, who was 35, owned a chain of movie theaters, also called New Wave.




Georgia Kidnapping



TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Police in the Georgian capital Tbilisi fanned out Wednesday in a search of a neighborhood where a kidnapped British businessman is believed to be held.

Banking expert Peter Shaw was abducted June 18 outside his home in Tbilisi. He was preparing to leave Georgia where he had worked for six years.

Interfax said three cars used by Shaw's abductors were found abandoned in Tbilisi's Didi Digomi district, and said police suspect Shaw is being held in a basement in the area.

Two investigators from Scotland Yard have arrived in Georgia to seek clues in the kidnapping, according to the Georgian Interior Ministry. It was unclear whether they had any role in Wednesday's search.




Belarus Religion Bill



MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The parliament of Belarus postponed Wednesday the second reading of a controversial religion bill amid fears that criticism against it by minority faiths could lead to protests in the country.

The bill will now be taken up at the next parliament session in the fall, said parliament speaker Vadim Popov.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Belarus had criticized the proposed law, which would ban organized prayer except by registered religious communities of at least 20 Belarussian citizens. It would also prohibit religions that have existed in the country less than 20 years from publishing literature or setting up missions.




German Bank Robbers



KIEV (AP) -- Three young men accused of robbing a German bank and taking two hostages on a two-day chase across Germany and Poland before being stopped in western Ukraine could be extradited next week, news reports said Wednesday.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office said they will turn the suspects over to German law enforcement officials as soon as they arrive in Ukraine, Interfax reported. The suspects will be flown to Germany on a commercial flight under German guard.




Soccer Fans Get TV



VLADIVOSTOK, Far East (AP) -- World Cup fans in the Far East prevailed on an electricity company to restore power Wednesday to a local TV station after shutting it off because of unpaid bills.

Television screens went black for most of Wednesday after utility Dalenergo cut power from the state-owned company that runs the television transmitter -- but channels began broadcasting again four hours before Brazil played Turkey in a semifinal game.

"We understand the feelings of all fans and that's why we turned it back on," Dalenergo said.

Dalenergo says the television and radio station in Vladivostok owed it some 35 million rubles ($1.12 million) as of June 1.

The utility's patience, however, will run out Monday -- when it says it will cut power again to the TV station after the World Cup ends.




ISS Rocket Launch



MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian rocket blasted off from from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday carrying food, medicine and mail for the American and two Russians living on the international space station.

The Progress M46 cargo ship launched successfully and was to dock with the space station Saturday, said Larisa Loshchinskaya, spokeswoman for Mission Control outside Moscow.

The 2.5 tons of cargo include fuel, oxygen, water, food, medicines and packages for U.S. biochemist Peggy Whitson and cosmonauts Valery Korzun and Sergei Treschev. The three arrived on the station earlier this month.




High School Binge



MOSCOW (MT) -- Twelve high school students received outpatient medical treatment after graduation celebrations Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, Interfax reported, citing health and police officials. Most of the teenagers complained of headaches or minor injuries incurred at discos.

No cases of alcohol poisoning were reported, most likely because of a partial ban on alcohol sales for the occasion, Interfax said.

A total of 74,500 Moscow graduates marked the end of their secondary schooling, the report said. More than 4,000 police officers were on duty, patrolling schools and other crowded venues where the teenagers were celebrating.