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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Putin Will Travel to Africa

President Vladimir Putin will travel to South Africa and Morocco next week, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Putin will visit South Africa on Sept. 5-6 and Morocco on Sept. 6-7, his press service said in a brief statement. It had previously announced that he would visit Greece on Sept. 4.

The visits are being made at the invitation of South African President Thabo Mbeki and Morocco's king, Mohammed VI, the Kremlin said. (MT)

34% Blame Non-Russians

Thirty-four percent of ethnic Russians believe that other ethnic groups are to be blamed for the country's "many miseries," according to a survey released by the Levada Center late last week.

Some 17 percent of those questioned fully supported the nationalist principle that Russia should belong to ethnic Russians. Another 37 percent said they would support this principle if it were implemented "within reason."

People from the North Caucasus evoked the greatest hostility among respondents in the poll. (MT)

Yabloko Activist Beaten

Moscow police officers beat and detained Igor Yashin, leader of the Yabloko party's youth wing, for leading a picket in southern Moscow on Tuesday, a senior party official said.

Yashin was participating in a picket, which was sanctioned by authorities, when police confronted him, said Sergei Mitrokhin, head of Yabloko's Moscow branch. Mitrokhin told Ekho Moskvy that the police officers appeared to be intoxicated and they did not explain their actions.

It was unclear Tuesday evening if and when Yashin would be released. (MT)

For the Record

Gunmen late Monday opened fire on a car in Nazran, killing Ibragim Barakhoyev, a former senior officer who fought Ingush organized crime. (AP)

The heads of the high courts of the six nations in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will meet next month to help coordinate regional efforts to fight terrorism and militant Islamic forces, a Chinese judge said Tuesday. (AP)