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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Nefteyugansk Mayor Attack

Acting Nefteyugansk Mayor Dmitry Yegortsev was stabbed Tuesday morning and hospitalized in serious condition, Itar-Tass reported.

Yegortsev was stabbed twice as he departed for work by a local teenager, prosecutors said.

The circumstances of the attack are under investigation, Itar-Tass said.

Nefteyugansk, home to Yuganskneftegaz, formerly part of Yukos, is no stranger to violence. In 1998, Mayor Vladimir Petukhov was gunned down on his way to work. (AP)

Arkhangelsk Blast Trial

The trial of a man suspected of setting off an explosion in an apartment building in the city of Arkhangelsk that killed 58 people opened Tuesday.

Sergei Alexeichik, a former municipal gas company worker, is accused of removing caps from valves carrying natural gas to three apartment buildings in March 2004 in revenge for his dismissal from his job. Alexeichik, who is charged with terrorism and murder, has insisted on his innocence. (AP)

Kasyanov Web Site Opens

Supporters of former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov opened a web site Tuesday to support his bid to be the next president.

The web site,, was announced at a news conference organized by the supporters, including members of the Russian branch of the Pora youth group, which played a key role in Ukraine's Orange Revolution. (MT)

FSB Officer Killed

NALCHIK -- Gunmen dressed in camouflage broke into the home of a Federal Security Service officer in Ingushetia and shot him dead, authorities said Tuesday.

The overnight killing occurred in the village of Nesterovskaya, where a police officer was killed in similar circumstances last week. (AP)

Al-Jazeera Fires Journalist

Al-Jazeera's long-serving Moscow bureau chief, Akram Khazam, said Monday that he had been fired, and a Russian Islamic leader claimed the dismissal was in response to protests over allegedly anti-Muslim statements by the journalist.

Khazam, in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio, dismissed the accusations by Geidar Dzhemal, head of Russia's Islamic Committee, that he had insulted Islam.

But Khazam said he believed "the Islamic factor played a role" in his dismissal because, in his view, "there were no professional reasons" for it. (AP)

Heating to Be Turned On

City Hall has ordered that central heating be turned on next Monday in Moscow schools, kindergartens and hospitals, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

Central heating will be turned on in apartments after the average air temperature does not exceed 8 degrees Celsius for several days, it said Tuesday. Average temperatures now are around 10 degrees. (MT)

Metro Entrance Closed

The old entrance of the Mayakovskaya metro station will close next Monday for repairs that will last at least 18 months, the metro press service said.

Workers will replace the floor and escalators and renovate the artwork. Passengers will use the station's new entrance, which opened earlier this month. (MT)