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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Lawmaker Found Dead

MOSCOW (MT) -- A Yekaterinburg city lawmaker was found dead in a cell where he was awaiting trial on charges of coercion, and investigators said he was killed, Interfax reported.

Alexander Khabarov, a reputed gangster, was found hanging in the cell that he shared with several prisoners. After examining the cell and the body, prosecutors said Khabarov appeared to have been killed, Interfax reported.

But Khabarov's lawyer said his client died of a heart attack. Khabarov was detained Dec. 15 on suspicion of coercing a business partner, Interfax said. He reputedly led a criminal group, Uralmash.

Beslan Investigation

MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the parliamentary commission investigating the Beslan school seizure said Thursday that high-ranking military officials were among those who helped the heavily armed militants in their attack.

Alexander Torshin said two accomplices to the 32 attackers who seized the school on Sept. 1 have been detained, and authorities are searching for three others. Several accomplices have military or law enforcement ranks "higher than major," Torshin told Interfax.

Another commission member, Vladimir Kulakov, said several accomplices worked "at the federal level."

Guinea-Bissau Students

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Guinea-Bissau students holding their ambassador hostage said Thursday that the government has promised to start paying their overdue stipends, but vowed to hold the envoy until the cash was in their hands.

Nearly 150 students took over the tiny embassy's rooms in an apartment block in southern Moscow on Tuesday.

Bank Bomb Suspect

MOSCOW (MT) -- Police and security officers have detained a Moscow student on suspicion of organizing two bombings at Bank of Moscow offices, Gazeta reported Thursday.

Anton Dergachyov, who studies at the Automobile Road Institute, was detained Wednesday, and police believe he is a member of a radical leftist group, the newspaper said. The latest bomb was delivered to a bank's office by mail on Tuesday.