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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

2 Grenades at Dynamo



MOSCOW (AP) -- Two grenades connected to a tripwire were found Wednesday in a bush near Dynamo Stadium, police said. Authorities immediately closed off the area and called in sappers.

No one was injured.

Interfax reported that police found the hand grenades after spotting a man ruffling through a bush about 30 meters from a cafe on a popular pedestrian path leading to the stadium. Interfax said that when police approached, the man fled.

NTV television reported that police were pursuing two leads: a link to the two deadly terrorist attacks earlier this month in Moscow, or connections with a criminal group.




Armenia Extradition



MOSCOW (MT) -- An Armenian wanted in connection with a 1999 bloodbath in Armenia's parliament that left the prime minister and seven lawmakers dead will be extradited from St. Petersburg this week, Agence France Presse reported Wednesday.

The suspect, Surely Petrosyan, 47, was arrested two months ago after police discovered he was living in St. Petersburg without a proper residency permit.

Armenia had put out an international warrant for his arrest. Gunmen broke into the Armenian parliament on Oct. 27, 1999, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisyan, Speaker Karen Demirchyan and six others.




Prince Charles in Gulag



MOSCOW (AP) -- Britain's Prince Charles on Wednesday visited a famous White Sea monastery and former Stalin-era prison camp considered the cradle of the Soviet gulag system.

Charles flew to the Solovetskiye archipelago, the site of a 15th-century monastery in northwestern Russia, Itar-Tass reported.

Between the 1917 Revolution and 1939, the monastery served as the Solovki labor camp.

The trip to Solovki caps a three-day visit by the prince to St. Petersburg, in celebration of the city's tercentenary and on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of British-Russian relations.