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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

2 Algerian Officers Attacked



Two Algerian officers studying at a Russian military academy were assaulted in the Vorobyovy Gory metro in an apparent racist attack, a Moscow police spokesman said Monday.

The two officers, identified as Hafid Buyazis and Tayep Muhamed Brakki, told police that a group of men appearing to be skinheads attacked them late Sunday afternoon. The two, who are studying at the Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, suffered minor injuries. (AP)

No Proof of Anti-Semitism



St. Petersburg prosecutors have refused to open a criminal investigation into a letter demanding that the Prosecutor General's Office investigate and shut down all Jewish organizations in the country, Izvestia reported Friday.

The March letter was signed by 5,000 ultranationalists including former chess champion Boris Spassky.

The St. Petersburg prosecutor's office said it found no evidence that the letter was anti-Semitic. (MT)

Tbilisi: No Foreign Bases



TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Saturday that he would pass legislation to bar foreign military bases from the country's territory, bidding to reassure Russia that closing its Georgian bases would not open the door to a NATO presence.

"Some in Russia are concerned over whether bases of NATO or any other foreign states will be allowed in Georgia. I want to inform them that NATO bases or bases of any countries will not be deployed on our territory," Saakashvili said.

Foreign ministers from Russia and Georgia said last week that Russia could start withdrawing from its two Soviet-era bases in Georgia this year. (AP)

Schroeder Touts Russian Ties



FRANKFURT, Germany -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Saturday he wants to increase Berlin's relations with Moscow, noting such ties could benefit both sides.

Schroeder told members of his Social Democratic Party at a gathering in Wolfsburg that Germans could benefit economically from expanded relations. "Russia is a country with enormous possibilities that has many uses for things that we do," he said. (AP)

Legislator Held Over Protest



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Ingush police on Saturday detained a local lawmaker who organized an unsanctioned protest, the regional branch of the Interior Ministry said.

The rally, in which some 100 people tried unsuccessfully to gather in the central square of Ingushetia's main town, Nazran, called for the dismissal of the region's Kremlin-backed leader, Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, Ekho Moskvy reported. Interfax identified the legislator as Musa Ozdoyev. (AP)

Protesters Attacked in Kiev



KIEV -- A group of men attacked and injured protesters who had rallied for days against the policies of Kiev's mayor in front of city hall, police said.

Two people were hospitalized and eight others were slightly injured in the pre-dawn attack, police said Saturday.

Five suspected assailants were arrested and face criminal proceedings, the statement said. The police did not reveal the identities of the detainees or motives for the attack. (AP)