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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Moscow Eyes Moldova

The government is considering abolishing preferential economic links with neighboring Moldova, whose relations with Moscow have turned increasingly frosty, State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday.

Gryzlov said Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov had informed him that the Cabinet would reassess "the preferential element in trade and economic relations" with Moldova, Interfax reported.

Last month, the Duma voted to recommend that the Kremlin consider imposing economic sanctions against Moldova to protest what deputies called its political blockade of the Russian-speaking region of Transdniester. (AP)

Reporter Expelled

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Turkmen authorities have expelled a RIA-Novosti journalist, the Memorial rights group said Wednesday.

Viktor Panov, a reporter for the Russian news agency, was expelled March 12 after 15 days in security service custody, Memorial said. The group did not give the reason for the move.

A Turkmen Foreign Ministry official said on condition of anonymity that Panov was accused of espionage for Russia. Panov holds Russian and Turkmen citizenship. He has worked for RIA-Novosti in Turkmenistan since the mid-1990s. (AP)

Police Find Explosives Cache

Police in the Kabardino-Balkariya region on Wednesday found a cache of powerful explosives that they said were apparently intended for terror attacks.

The explosives were found in a forest near the city of Nalchik.

The cache included three homemade bombs containing the total of 36 kilograms of explosives, 92 detonators and other equipment intended to make explosive devices. (AP)