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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Seven Climbers Found Dead

NALCHIK -- Rescuers on Thursday found the bodies of seven climbers from a group of 11 who went missing on Mt. Elbrus, an emergency official said.

The dead climbers were part of a group of eight Russians and four Ukrainians.

One climber reached rescuers. Rescuers were still searching for the other four climbers, Boris Tilov, chief of the Elbrus rescuers' service, said. (AP)

Prison for Activist

Dimitry Vasilyev, a member of the National Bolshevik Party, was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for hitting a police officer in the chest, Interfax reported Thursday.

His sentence was announced one day after two other party members were convicted for unfurling a banner last May along the outside of the Rossiya Hotel calling on President Vladimir Putin to quit. (MT)

Hazed Soldier Improves

Andrei Sychyov, the soldier whose legs and genitals were amputated after he was beaten during a New Year's hazing incident, has been moved from an intensive care unit, Interfax reported.

His sister, Marina Muffert, said her brother was sent to Burdenko Hospital's intensive care unit on May 2, after his condition worsened. (MT)

Khodorkovsky Moved

Prison authorities have moved oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky out of a single-person cell, where they had placed him after a fellow inmate slashed his face as he slept, news agencies reported Thursday. (AP)

Train, Trucks Attacked

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Unidentified assailants attacked an oil tanker train and trucks at a railroad station in Chechnya, sparking an explosion and fire but causing no casualties, an official said Thursday. (AP)

Plane-Crash Case Opens

BERLIN -- A German court on Thursday began hearing a Bashkirian Airlines' civil case against Germany over an in-flight collision in 2002 that killed 71 people, including 45 Russian children on their way to a summer vacation in Spain. (AP)

Fretting Over Missiles

Sergei Sobyanin, President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, expressed concerns Thursday about media reports that the United States was planning to deploy conventional warheads on intercontinental missiles.

His comments came a day after Putin mentioned the issue in his state-of-the-nation address. (AP)

NATO Expansion Opposed

Security Council chief Igor Ivanov said Thursday that there was no reason for NATO to expand further to include former Soviet republics, news agencies reported.

The pro-Western governments of Ukraine and Georgia have been actively pushing for membership in both the military alliance and the European Union. (AP)

Ex-Klebnikov Suspect Held

Fail Sadretdinov, who had been acquitted along with two Chechens in the killing of Paul Klebnikov, editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was detained again Thursday, news agencies reported.

The basis for the detention was unclear.

Sadretdinov was acquitted by a jury last Friday along with Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, who had been accused of the 2004 killing. (AP)

Sports in Brief

Hingis Beats Dementyeva

BERLIN -- Martina Hingis beat fifth-seeded Yelena Dementyeva 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the German Open quarterfinals.

Defending champion Justine-Henin Hardenne joined Hingis in the next round with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of 15th-seeded Maria Kirilenko. Li Na of China won 6-1, 6-0 against Colombia's Catalina Castano. Dementyeva beat Hingis 6-2, 6-0 at Tokyo in February in the Swiss' only final since she ended her retirement of three years ago. "This is becoming the week of revenge," Hingis said. "Last time, I didn't have a chance. This is one of best matches I have played." (AP)

Ukrainian Title-Decider

KIEV -- Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk, unable to settle their battle for the Ukrainian league title in Wednesday's final match of the season, will meet again on Sunday.

The Professional Football League said a rerun of the match would take place in the central city of Kriviy Rih after Wednesday's clash ended 2-2.

The officials to take control of the playoff have yet to be determined. Ukrainian media said it was possible an English team, led by referee Steve Bennett -- who was drafted in for Wednesday's match in an unprecedented move -- could again take control. (Reuters)