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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Transport Crimes Up

MOSCOW (MT) -- The number of crimes committed on Russia's transport facilities in the first nine months of the year totaled 56,000, Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin said Tuesday.

The figure was 4.6 percent more than the same period last year, Chekalin said. Some 3,500 of these crimes involved illegal transportation or use of weapons, while another 14,000 involved drugs, Interfax reported.

Traffic police confiscated a total of 3,200 firearms, 50,000 rounds of ammunition, 200 bombs and 600 kilograms of explosives over the period, Chekalin said.

Zhirinovsky's Thoughts

MOSCOW (MT) -- In years to come, Liberal Democrat Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky could be remembered not only for his eloquent exhortations and statements, but also for his 100-volume collected works, entitled "The Classics of Politics," Interfax reported Tuesday.

"These collected works enable one to better understand everything that has been going on in Russia over the past 15 years," Interfax quoted Zhirinovsky as saying as he presented the 100th volume Tuesday.

"Moreover, here one will also find the forecast for the next 10 to 15 years," he added.

The first volume in the LDPR leader's series was published in 1996.

Internet Bank Scam

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Russian-based Internet fraudsters have duped about 300 New Zealand bank customers into revealing their online banking passwords which give access to their personal accounts, police said Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear how much money, if any, had been stolen.

Customers of Westpac and other banks received an e-mail over the weekend asking them to confirm their e-mail address by following an Internet link to a fake Westpac web site.

Once customers arrived at the site they were asked to enter their private passwords. The bank said about 300 had done so.

Details gleaned by the fraudsters would allow them access to a customer's online account to remove funds using an Internet check or to load new bill payments, said bank spokesman Paul Gregory.

Police Electronic Crime Laboratory national manager Martin Kleintjes said the bogus Westpac bank Internet site had been traced to Russia and shut down.

At this stage it was "very hard to say" whether the fraudsters had transferred any money from their victims' accounts, he said.

The bank said it should know later Tuesday if any funds had been removed.

Initially, the crooks could only transfer funds to another New Zealand account, which would happen overnight. From there they could transfer the money out of the country.

A similar e-mail scam hit customers of both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and ASB Bank in Australia earlier this year.

October Cold Kills 51

MOSCOW (MT) -- 51 people died of cold in Moscow throughout October, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Over the last 24 hours four people froze to death in the city, and four have been hospitalized with hypothermia, emergency services said.

Dynamo Coach Quits

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Dynamo Moscow coach Viktor Prokopenko has quit following his side's disappointing end to the season, the Russian Premier League club said Monday.

Prokopenko resigned just two days after a lackluster 0-0 home draw against Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz in Saturday's season finale, which left Dynamo in sixth place and missing out on a UEFA Cup spot.

The coach, who turned 59 nine days ago, was trying to restore the fortunes of the once mighty Moscow side after taking charge in April 2002.

Dynamo has not won a league title since claiming the last of its 11 Soviet championships in 1976.

Dynamo appointed Sergei Silkin as caretaker coach for Wednesday's Russian Cup sixth-round, second-leg tie against first-division Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan. The Muscovites won the first leg 5-1 three weeks ago.