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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Adoptions Trial



MOSCOW (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court's decision to acquit an Italian citizen charged with bribing officials and forging documents to facilitate adoptions of Russian children by foreigners, and sent it back for further investigation, a court official said.

Nadezhda Fratti, of the Italian adoption agency Arcobaleno, was arrested last year in the southern city of Volgograd. A local court acquitted her in April, citing insufficient evidence, but a local prosecutor appealed to the Supreme Court. Fratti faces a prison sentence of up to eight years if convicted.

Court spokesman Pavel Odintsov said he did not know the status of Fratti's three co-defendants -- an orphanage director, orphanage doctor and education department inspector.




Pipeline Explodes



MOSCOW (AP) -- A gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Wednesday in a remote section of Siberia, forcing authorities to cut off gas supplies while firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

The pipeline exploded near Safronoka, a village near Tomsk, said Gennady Savelyev, a duty officer at the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, he said. No one was injured. Firefighters put out the fire after five hours.




Journalist Attacked



VLADIVOSTOK, Far East (AP) -- Unidentified assailants tried to throw stones and a flaming torch through the window of a journalist's apartment in Vladivostok on Wednesday, police said. No one was hurt in the attack.

The stones broke the window panes in the early morning attack, but the torch missed the window, said Lyudmila Kolesnikova, a police spokeswoman in Vladivostok. The journalist, Igor Nikitin, was unharmed, she said.

Nikitin works at the independent Zolotoi Rog weekly. The paper's deputy editor, Andrei Pushkaryov, suggested the attack was intended to embarrass Governor Sergei Darkin by showing freedom of speech was in danger.




Raisa's Hospital



ST. PETERSBURG (AP) -- Mikhail Gorbachev laid the first stone Tuesday for the construction of a children's blood-disease hospital founded in memory of his wife Raisa, who died of leukemia nearly three years ago.

Gorbachev said his wife's interest in the disease stemmed from a visit she had paid a visit to another hospital, "where mothers of children with leukemia were on their knees, asking for help. Since then, Raisa kept helping those people."

Raisa Gorbachev later contracted the disease herself, and died of it on Sept. 20, 1999, at age 67.

The hospital's $2 million construction cost has been donated by the National Reserve Bank.




For the Record



Senegalese citizen Adam Bari was attacked Tuesday by seven young men at Marxistskaya metro station, Interfax reported, citing Moscow police. Bari, a 32-year-old student of the Institute of Communications, was hospitalized with numerous bruises. (MT)

A bomb exploded early Wednesday in the office of pro-Kremlin youth group Moving Together, Moscow police said. The blast did not cause injuries. Police have opened a criminal investigation. (AP)