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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

2 Officers Killed



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Two police officers investigating the shooting death of a Chechen regional administrator were killed by masked gunmen, a regional police official said Tuesday.

Another investigator was wounded in the incident Monday in the village of Burganoi, said a spokesman for the regional Interior Ministry.

The officers were looking into the shooting death earlier Monday of Abdul-Aziz Yangulbekov, administration chief of the southern village of Zumsoi, when masked gunmen stopped their car and killed them. (AP)




10 National Bolsheviks Held



Moscow police arrested 10 activists from the ultranationalist National Bolshevik Party after they staged a protest outside the Uzbek Embassy on Tuesday, carrying photographs of people killed during a violent demonstration in May in Andijan.

Itar-Tass said the detainees would be released soon.

Activists wearing red-and-white hammer-and-sickle T-shirts said they were targeting Uzbek President Islam Karimov's authoritarian government. They carried banners reading "Karimov is an executioner!" and "Putin is a friend of an executioner!" (AP)




Call Over Anti-Semitism



Jewish leaders said Tuesday that anti-Semitism and xenophobia were persistent in Russian society, and they criticized law enforcement officials for not doing more to punish nationalist crimes.

Borukh Gorin, spokesman for the Federation of Russia's Jewish Organizations, said an investigation by prosecutors into whether an ancient Jewish religious text was inciting religious hatred "was a sign of a serious illness of our society."

Last week, prosecutors dropped the investigation into the Russian translation of Kitsur Shulhan Arukh. (AP)




Russian Cars Shot at in Iraq



Two cars belonging to the Russian Embassy were shot at as they traveled to the airport in Baghdad on Sunday, although no diplomats were injured, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said Russian experts said the shooting was not directed specifically against their convoy.

"This incident shows once again that the situation with security in Iraq remains very difficult," he said. (Reuters)




Reported Arms Sales Probed



KIEV -- Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are investigating allegations that the former government was involved in illicit weapons sales to Congo and neighboring countries, an official said Tuesday.

Amnesty International, a British-based human rights watchdog, accused a number of companies in countries including Ukraine, the Czech Republic and China of weapons sales to governments and warlords in Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. (AP)




2 Die in Pankisi Operation



TBILISI, Georgia -- Human rights activists in Georgia have accused security forces of heavy-handedness after a suspect and his relative died during a police operation in the Pankisi Gorge.

Nana Kakabadze, head of a monitoring group called Former Political Prisoners for Human Rights, accused the police of causing the deaths unnecessarily in Sunday's raid. (AP)