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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Former Official Jailed

MOSCOW (MT) -- A Krasnoyarsk court sentenced Valery Suladze, a former deputy governor of the Western Siberian region, to 7 1/2 years in prison on charges of abuse of office and bribery, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Investigators caught Suladze red-handed accepting a $250,000 bribe two years ago, Interfax said. Suladze had overseen construction in the region.

Well Collapse Kills 5

MOSCOW (AP) -- Five Tajik workers were killed when the walls of a well collapsed near Moscow, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Wednesday.

The accident occurred Tuesday as the workers were repairing a well in the village of Lugovaya, the ministry said.

Troops Sent to Burundi

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin ordered that troops be sent to Burundi to serve in a United Nations peacekeeping force, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday.

About 100 Russian troops will be deployed as part of a 5,650-strong peacekeeping force, Itar-Tass reported, citing the Foreign Ministry.

Dubrovka Suit Rejected

MOSCOW (MT) -- A Moscow court has rejected a million-dollar lawsuit filed by former Dubrovka hostage Yelena Burban over the death of her American husband in the theater siege and injuries she suffered, reported Wednesday.

Burban, who was born and lives in Ukraine, had sued the Russian government for $1 million in damages and monthly payments of 55,000 rubles (about $2,000), saying she could no longer work after the October 2002 siege. Her lawyer plans to appeal.

Rebel Gets 20 Years

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Stavropol regional court has sentenced Chechen rebel commander Ibrahim Israpilov to 20 years in prison in connection with last year's explosion on a commuter train carrying students in Stavropol.

The September 2003 attack killed six people and injured dozens of others.

Israpilov on Tuesday was found guilty of terrorism, murder, attempted murder of law enforcement officials and illegal possession of weapons and ammunition, Interfax reported.

7 Iranians Detained

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- Russian border guards have detained seven Iranians and two Afghans who were attempting to cross illegally into Tajikistan from Afghanistan, a Russian border official said Wednesday.

The nine were detained Tuesday while trying to enter with fake passports.

New Visa Hours

MOSCOW (MT) -- The passport and visa departments at Moscow police stations switch to new hours starting Thursday, a police spokesman said.

Under the new schedule, the departments will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, the departments will be open on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The departments will be closed on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.