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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

NTV Reporter Killed



An NTV television reporter has been killed in Moscow, police said Sunday.

Ilya Zimin, who worked as an investigative reporter with NTV, was found dead in his apartment in northern Moscow, said an officer at the local police station, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The officer said Zimin had been murdered, but refused to give further details. Motives for the killing were not immediately clear. Interfax said Zimin had been brutally attacked last year.

Zimin had worked with NTV's "Profession: Reporter" investigative reporting program.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has listed Russia among the world's 10 most hazardous countries for reporters. Journalists in the country, particularly in far-flung regions, often complain of threats by local officials and gangs. (AP)




African Attacked in St. Pete



A 33-year-old citizen of the Ivory Coast was in a coma Sunday after being attacked in St. Petersburg, Interfax reported.

Friends found him in a hospital with head injuries after he disappeared Thursday night, Interfax said, citing the city's African Unity association. The man had hoped to enroll in a city institute. Police were investigating, but no criminal case had been opened as of Sunday afternoon, Interfax said. (MT)




Mayak Chief Charged



Urals prosecutors charged the director of the Mayak nuclear processing plant on Sunday with mishandling radioactive materials and failing to follow environmental protection rules, Interfax reported.

Prosecutors also barred the director, Vitaly Sadovnikov, from leaving the area without notifying authorities, pending trial. If convicted, Sadovnikov could face five to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors last year announced that Mayak had dumped liquid radioactive waste into the Techa River, which flows into the Ob River and on to the Arctic Ocean, from 2001 to 2004. (MT)




For the Record



Acting Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday withdrew his call to ban the Danish Refugee Council from operating in the region over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, news reports said. (AP)

Alexander Kalugin, the Foreign Ministry's special envoy to the Middle East, said Sunday that Moscow expected Hamas to make a clear pledge to recognize Israel, Interfax reported. (AP)

The State Duma on Sunday approved a long-anticipated anti-terrorism bill in the final, third reading. The vote was 423-1. (MT)