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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Gryzlov Backs Mayoral Vote



United Russia will not support amendments that could scrap mayoral elections in major cities, Interfax reported Thursday.

"Boris Gryzlov has stated the position that mayors should be elected. For us, this is fundamental," United Russia official Vyacheslav Volodin said. Gryzlov heads United Russia.

Volodin said the amendments, submitted by a United Russia deputy, were a "personal initiative" and were not approved by the party. (MT)




Chechen Clashes in Nice



Nice prosecutors have found no evidence of a racial motive in clashes between Chechens and North Africans that have raged for days in the French city, Gazeta.ru reported Thursday.

The street brawls began Saturday after a concert in the northern part of the city. Four Africans were wounded in the fighting. A series of revenge attacks followed, and one Chechen man was hospitalized with a knife wound. (MT)




Old Woman Eats Hash Pie



An elderly woman was hospitalized in the Krasnodar region after accidentally eating a pie made with hashish, Interfax reported Thursday.

The 60-year-old woman was rushed to intensive care, said Alexander Rudich, spokesman for the Federal Drug Control Agency's regional branch.

Rudich said an unidentified young man had baked the pie with hashish oil and planned to send it to St. Petersburg. He said the pie had been stored at a friend's place "where it caught the elderly woman's eye." (MT)