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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

No Ivanov Presidency

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov reiterated that he had no ambitions to become president, telling the Spanish newspaper El Pais that he had not even considered running in the 2008 election.

"This subject does not interest me," he said in Sunday's issue. "I have a close and trusting relationship with the president, who has given me some deadlines and entrusted me with the difficult task of modernizing the military. If I were to think about other things now, I could not do what is most important." (MT)

Drive to Stabilize Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA -- Law enforcement agencies are conducting a campaign across Dagestan aimed at stabilizing the violence-ridden region, regional Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov said Monday.

Magomedtagirov told reporters that police, prosecutors and security agents had conducted more than 100 searches in the past week looking for illegal armed groups and potential terrorists and turning up weapons and ammunition. Police also arrested a gunman who participated in last week's shootout in downtown Makhachkala, a ministry spokesman said. (AP)

Adoption Ruled Legal

Prosecutors have found that the adoption of a 2-year-old Russian girl whose U.S. mother has been charged with her murder was legal, Interfax reported Monday.

Investigators began looking into the adoption of Nina Hilt after the girl died earlier this month in Virginia. Her adoptive mother, Peggy Sue Hilt, 33, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was arrested last week and charged with the girl's murder.

Interfax, citing a senior aide to Irkutsk Prosecutor Alexander Semyonov, said prosecutors found the girl was adopted with no violations of federal regulations. (AP)

Lavrov Meets Minister

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met on Monday with visiting Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio for talks on proposals to reform the United Nations and economic and trade relations between Russia and Africa.

"We said we were dissatisfied with the current level of trade and economic cooperation, which fails to meet the high level of political dialogue," Lavrov said.

"It's necessary to develop our infrastructure, agriculture and health care in order to become more attractive for Russian investors," Gadio said. "Senegal as a democratic and stable African country is doing everything possible to support peace on this continent." (AP)

For the Record

Former chief military finance officer Georgy Oleinik was released from prison on probation Monday after serving half of his five-year sentence for abuse of office, Channel One television reported. (MT)

Judges' salaries will grow 80 percent from July, with municipal judges collecting about $1,250 a month, a senior court official said Monday. "This, we believe, is yet another step toward the independence of judges," said Alexander Gusev, a departmental head in the Supreme Court, Interfax reported. (MT)

Thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the Azeri capital, Baku, on Sunday to voice their demands for free and fair parliamentary elections later this year, keeping up pressure on the government with the fourth rally in a month. (AP)