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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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2 Prosecutors Sentenced

The Moscow City Court sentenced two prosecutors to four-year prison terms on Monday after a jury found them guilty of corruption.

The court sentenced Ruslan Fedosenko and Sergei Kocherov to serve out their sentences in a maximum security prison, a court spokeswoman said.

The two, who worked for Moscow's Perovsky district prosecutor's office, were convicted of taking a $10,000 bribe from a construction company chief. Defense lawyers promised to appeal. (AP)

Ivanov Defends Arms Sales

BERLIN -- Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov defended Russia's sale of arms to Iran, saying in an interview published Monday that air defense missile systems it was delivering would not upset the regional balance of power.

Interfax, citing an unidentified defense official, reported Friday that delivery of the Tor-M1 systems had begun under a contract signed in December.

"Every country is allowed to deliver arms to another as long as it is not evading any sanctions in doing so," Ivanov was quoted as saying by the German weekly Der Spiegel. (AP)

Jury Convicts Official

MAKHACHKALA -- A jury in Dagestan has found a city administrator guilty of organizing an assassination attempt against a district chief.

Abdurahman Gadzhiyev, the head of the Kizilyurt district, was arrested in January as he stepped off a plane returning from a hajj flight from Mecca and charged with the attempted murder of Magomed Magomedov, head of the Gergebil district.

Magomedov's driver was killed in the December gunfire attack on his car, but Magomedov himself was inside a nearby cafe at the time and was unhurt.

It was unclear what his motive would have been in the attack. (AP)

Mother Tests HIV Positive

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A woman from the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent tested positive for HIV last week, several months after her infant child was infected in a local hospital, Kazakhstan Today reported Monday.

It was unclear how the woman contracted the virus, but blood transfusions from unchecked donors or contaminated needles have been blamed for infections among 81 Kazakh children, most of them under 3, who have tested positive for HIV in recent months. Eight mothers had also previously been found to be infected. (AP)

OSCE Criticizes Kazakhstan

ALMATY -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized Kazakhstan on Monday for destroying part of a village housing Hare Krishna followers, calling the incident a form of religious intolerance.

The criticism comes as the country seeks to shore up Western support for its bid to become the first former Soviet state to take the helm of the OSCE in 2009. (Reuters)

Suspected Spy Arrested

WARSAW -- A Belarussian spy working against the interests of Poland was arrested over the weekend in Lithuania, Poland's prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Janusz Kaczmarek said the Belarussian had worked "for a long time against the economic and defense interests of Poland."

He refused to identify the suspect or divulge any further details. (AP)