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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Murder Suspect Found Dead

A man suspected of killing 12 girls in the Kaliningrad region hanged himself in his prison cell on Thursday, reported.

Vladimir Romanov, who confessed to killing the 12 girls, was found hanging from a rope fashioned from a sheet, police said.

Romanov also raped some of his victims, who were from 12 to 17 years of age. Police arrested Romanov earlier this fall after a young woman escaped from his car and memorized the license plate number, which she reported to the police. (MT)

Parents of Beaten Boy Sue

The parents of a 12-year-old Moscow boy filed a lawsuit on Thursday against police officers who have been charged with beating the boy on April 6, Interfax reported.

Irina Semionkina, the lawyer who is representing the boy, Nikita Gladyshev, said the parents were seeking 205,000 rubles (just over $7,600) in damages from the three policemen.

The court declared a recess until Oct. 30 to consider the filing, Semionkina said. The three defendants in the case have consistently maintained their innocence. (MT)

Moscow Denies Spy Charges

The Foreign Ministry denied Thursday that Nikolai Salnikov, who is suspected of spying in Nigeria, ever worked for the Russian embassy in that country.

On Wednesday, Nigerian court officials announced three Nigerian Defense Ministry officials and three foreign citizens were being held on espionage charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to court papers filed in the case, the Nigerians colluded with Irishman James Nolan, Romanian Bogdan Dumitrescu and Israeli Eliav Hommossany to obtain classified security documents, and that they intended to pass them to the Russian Embassy in Nigeria. (MT)

Widow's Mother Abducted

The mother of a missing Russian woman reported to be the widow of Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev has herself been abducted, a police detective investigating the case said Thursday.

Elina Ersenoyeva has been missing since Aug. 17, when armed men bundled her into a car in Grozny.

Her mother Margarita was on her way to meet someone who claimed to have information about Elina when she, too, was abducted, police detective Tamirlan Aidamarov said. (MT)

A First Banya for Antarctica

Russia will soon build the first banya, or bathhouse, in Antarctica, Interfax reported.

The bathhouse will be constructed from squared wooden beams, and will conform to the requirements of the 1961 Antarctic Treaty. The materials will be delivered by the scientific vessel Akademik Fyodorov, which departs from St. Petersburg on Nov. 2.

The bathhouse will be ready for use in 2007. (MT)