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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

1,000 Riot in Dagestan



MAKHACHKALA -- More than a dozen people were injured Monday during riots in a village in Dagestan that were triggered by a land dispute.

The riots erupted when some of the 1,000 protesters in Kumtorkala attempted to seize a local administration building. They hurled stones at riot police, who fired warning shots in the air.

A police spokesman said at least five people were wounded by ricocheting bullets. But the Interior Ministry said later that only one man received a gunshot wound and 16 others were hospitalized with injuries. (AP)




Open Russia Suspends Work



Open Russia, which was created by jailed Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky and is the nation's biggest philanthropic foundation, said Monday that it had been forced to suspend its programs after its bank accounts were frozen.

A Moscow court ordered the accounts frozen last week because the funds had been "obtained by criminal means," Open Russia quoted the order as saying. Open Russia has said $6 million was frozen in its accounts at Trust National Bank. (MT)




Khodorkovsky Release?



Mikhail Khodorkovsky could be turned down for early release next year because he has been disciplined for breaking prison rules, his lawyer and a penal expert said Monday.

Khodorkovsky was last week given seven days in a punishment cell for drinking tea in the wrong place, his lawyers said. References to this will stay on his prison file, along with an earlier stint in a punishment cell and a reprimand, and may be considered when he applies for early release. (Reuters)




Uzbeks Kick Out UNHCR



GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency, which has sought to block the return of refugees to Uzbekistan, said Monday that the Uzbek government had ordered it to leave the country in one month.

Uzbek authorities, who have accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees of protecting criminals and terrorists by opposing deportations of Uzbek asylum seekers from Kyrgyzstan, told the UNHCR on Friday that it would have to end its presence in the country, an agency statement said. (AP)




For the Record



Prosecutors called on Monday for a 16-year sentence and mandatory psychiatric treatment for Alexander Koptsev, who is accused of stabbing nine men in a Moscow synagogue in January. (AP)

Facing allegations of mismanagement of funds meant for Russia, the Orthodox Church in America has fired its chancellor and brought in an independent law firm to investigate. (WP)

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov told his nation's youth to read his book three times to go to heaven, Turkmen television reported Monday. "A person who reads 'Rukhnama' becomes smart … and after it, he will go straight to heaven," Niyazov said. (AP)