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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Kholodov Case Examined



The European Court of Human Rights has notified the family of slain journalist Dmitry Kholodov that it has received and registered their complaint of violations during the trial into their son's 1994 killing.

The Supreme Court in March upheld the acquittal of six men suspected of participating in the killing of Kholodov, a 27-year-old investigative journalist for Moskovsky Komsomolets.

A lawyer representing the Kholodov family received notification from the European court in a letter that was dated Aug. 24 and arrived Monday, MK journalist Yekaterina Deyeva said by telephone Thursday.

Kholodov died on Oct. 17, 1994, when he opened a suitcase with a bomb in his office. He had thought the suitcase contained information about military corruption. (MT)




Ivanov Says He Is Satisfied



Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Thursday that Russia was completely satisfied with Uzbekistan's readiness to cooperate with Russia, underlining a significant recent warming in relations with the country that is evicting U.S. troops from its soil.

During a visit to the southern Uzbek city of Samarkand on Thursday, Ivanov said Uzbekistan's decision to end the U.S. military presence there was "a decision made by a sovereign country."

"Uzbekistan has repeatedly confirmed its readiness to develop bilateral cooperation with Russia, and we are totally satisfied with that," he said. (AP)




Lithuania Plane Crash



VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian investigators resumed their search Thursday of a crashed Russian fighter jet, one day after halting the probe over concerns about a radioactive substance found in the wreckage, the chief investigator said.

Investigators had not received a reply from Russia about what the substance could be, but they decided to resume sifting through the wreckage in the hopes of recovering a fourth air-to-air missile that remained missing, said General Vitalijus Vaiksnoras, who is leading the investigation. (AP)




Uzbek Uprising Trial



TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Defendants accused of organizing a May revolt to bring Islamic rule to Uzbekistan professed their guilt Thursday and denied claims by human rights groups that their confessions were coerced.

On the third day of what have appeared to be carefully rehearsed hearings in the trial of 15 men, defendants repeated prosecutors' allegations that Western journalists and rights activists had encouraged the rebellion.

"Despite all the slander of journalists and rights activists, I was stunned at how well they treated me," defendant Azizbek Yusupov testified. "We deserved to be killed twice." (AP)




For the Record



The Thorolf Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, a Norwegian human rights body that has four times anticipated the selection of the Nobel Peace Prize winner with its own award, chose Chechen lawyer Lida Yusupova of Memorial to receive its annual Rafto prize on Thursday. (Reuters)

Unidentified assailants shot and killed Kyrgyz lawmaker Bayaman Erkinbayev in Bishkek late Wednesday. He had survived an assassination attempt five months ago. (AP)