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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Briton Stabbed in Yaroslavl



A British man was stabbed Saturday night at a nightclub in Yaroslavl, Interfax reported Monday.

The 22-year-old Briton was at a nightclub at around 11 p.m. when an unidentified man stabbed him in the stomach with a knife, a regional Interior Ministry spokesman said.

A 20-year-old student at the Yaroslavl Military Air Defense Academy has been detained in the case.

The British Embassy could not confirm the man's condition Monday, but said consular officials planned to travel to Yaroslavl on Tuesday to visit the man in the hospital. (MT)




House of Prayer Attacked



An attempt was made last week to firebomb a Muslim house of prayer in Vladimir, Interfax reported Monday.

A local Muslim organization, Makhallya, told police that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown into the building but did not ignite, said regional police spokesman Oleg Kurochkin.

The Russian Council of Muftis released a statement Monday expressing its hope that law enforcement would "do everything possible to find and justly punish those guilty of this shocking attack on a place of worship," Interfax reported. (MT)




Kholodov Case Reopened



The Moscow District Military Court on Tuesday will order the Prosecutor General's Office to resume its investigation into the 1994 murder of Moskovsky Komsomolets reporter Dmitry Kholodov, Interfax reported.

Kholodov died Oct. 17, 1994, when a homemade bomb placed inside a briefcase exploded. The Moscow District Military Court acquitted six suspects of the murder in June 2004.

The court instructed prosecutors to renew their efforts to find the people responsible for Kholodov's death. (MT)




Marriage Scam Cracked



A man and a woman behind an Internet scam that cheated foreigners out of at least $15,000 were convicted of fraud by a Yekaterinburg court on Monday.

Alyona Fyodorovskaya and Vladimir Osipov were sentenced to 5 years and 5 1/2 years in prison, respectively, for scamming foreigners on a web site called Russian Girls, Itar-Tass reported. Wife-seekers sent money in response to requests from their non-existent fiancees. The site also allowed men to purchase gifts for the women online. (MT)




Top Military Officers Meet



The top Russian and U.S. military officers met in Moscow on Monday to discuss bilateral military ties.

It was U.S. Marine Corps General Peter Pace's first visit to Russia since being named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year.

"I came to listen and learn about ways we can do good military-to-military for both Russia and the United States," Pace said before his meeting with General Yury Baluyevsky, head of the General Staff. (AP)




Diplomat Denied Visa



Israel has refused to grant a visa to Russian diplomat Alexander Kryukov, who was set to assume the post of first secretary at the Russian embassy in Tel-Aviv, the Maariv newspaper reported Monday.

The newspaper said Kryukov had been turned down because of his close ties to the intelligence services. Neither Russia nor Israel issued an official response to the article on Monday, Gazeta.ru news portal reported. (MT)




Reporter's Death Not Solved



Novaya Gazeta on Monday requested that the Prosecutor General's Office reopen its investigation into the death in 2003 of investigative journalist and State Duma Deputy Yury Shchekochikhin, Interfax reported.

Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said on Monday that Shchekochikhsin's relatives had not seen a copy of the coroner's report and that the information released by the authorities did not provide an adequate explanation of his death. (MT)




States Urge Nonproliferation



RABAT, Morocco -- The world's five leading nuclear powers and seven other nations on Monday kicked off a global program aimed at keeping nuclear weapons out of terrorists' hands.

With the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs topping the international diplomatic agenda, the U.S. and Russian leaders of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism want to improve security of the world's nuclear materials and knowledge.

The project brings together the Group of Eight countries, plus China, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Australia. (AP)




For the Record



Russian prosecutors have criticized Kyrgyzstan for allowing exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky to visit the Central Asian country on July 29, according to a document bearing the stamp of the Prosecutor General's Office and dated Oct. 20, 2006. (Reuters)

A German diplomat in Moldova has been suspended on suspicion of issuing some 70 visas to Germany for "fictitious reasons" from November 2005 to September 2006, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday. (AP)