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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Scientist on Trial



VLADIVOSTOK, Far East (AP) -- The trial of a scientist charged with revealing state secrets to colleagues in China resumed Monday in Vladivostok after repeated delays.

Vladimir Shchurov is accused in connection with a research project involving the Pacific Oceanological Institute, where Shchurov is a laboratory chief, and China's Harbin Engineering University.

Prosecutors and the Federal Security Service claimed the acoustic measurement equipment developed by Shchurov and used in the joint project to study ocean noises and signals could be used for military purposes such as detecting submarines.

Shchurov has rejected the charges, saying the research has no military applications and that the project had FSB approval.

Shchurov, whose trial began last year, was initially charged in 2000 on five criminal counts, including illegal export of military technology and information. But the Primorye regional court has rejected four counts, leaving only the charge of revealing information considered to be a state secret.

Shchurov, who is not jailed but cannot leave Vladivostok without permission, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

After a one-hour session behind closed doors Monday, Judge Anatoly Yushchenko said the next hearing would be held Wednesday.




Election Runoff



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) -- A banker will battle the incumbent in a runoff for the presidency of Karachayevo-Cherkessia after all five candidates failed to take an outright majority, officials said Monday.

With 95 percent of the ballots counted, Vladimir Semyonov, the current president of the small region in the Caucasus Mountains, took 35.3 percent of the vote in the election Sunday, said Dmitry Olifirenko, spokesman for the Kremlin's representative in southern Russia. Mustafa Batdyev, director of the region's state-owned bank, had 42.7 percent.

Olifirenko said the date of the second round would be announced later.

Turnout was 62.17 percent, Interfax reported.




Soldier's Body Found



ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) -- The body of a conscript was found at his post in southern Russia in a what officials believe was a suicide, the military said Monday.

The sergeant's body was discovered by other soldiers Sunday evening at his unit in the Volgograd region, a duty officer at the headquarters of the North Caucasus Military District said. Officials believe he shot himself with an automatic rifle, the duty officer said. An investigation has been opened.




3 Germans Detained



KIEV (AP) -- Ukrainian authorities have detained three German citizens accused of flying their private plane into the country without permission, officials said Monday.

The Germans were arrested after allegedly violating Ukraine's airspace and landing their light-engine aircraft at the airport in Dnipropetrovsk, some 480 kilometers southeast of Kiev, the State Security Service said in a statement. The service did not identify the Germans.

Interfax reported that the pilot was 74 years old, but security officials could not be reached for further details about the passengers or the flight.

The German Embassy in Kiev declined to comment.




Dynamo Edges Spartak



MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Dynamo Moscow edged city rival Spartak 3-2 in a heated Russian Premier League derby that was marred by clashes between rival fans and police Sunday.

Yevgeny Kharlachyov scored the winner three minutes from time to the relief of Dynamo coach Viktor Prokopenko after his team squandered a 2-0 lead.

Eduard Korchagin and Dmitry Bulykin put Dynamo in control with first-half strikes, but Spartak fought back through Brazilian sweeper Moises and Russian playmaker Yegor Titov.

Before the game fans clashed with police with several people taken to a hospital.

The win enabled Dynamo to reclaim fourth place with 36 points from 21 matches, while struggling Spartak, which finished third last season, dropped to 11th on 25 points.