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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Kadyrov Welcomes Pullout

Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday praised President Vladimir Putin's proposal to reduce the number of Russian servicemen in the republic.

Putin ordered the defense and interior ministries last week to develop a plan for reducing their forces in Chechnya over the next two years.

The order applies only to forces on temporary assignment, not to the estimated 13,000 soldiers and 11,000 Interior Ministry troops permanently stationed in Chechnya. (AP)

14 Accused of Extremism

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbek prosecutors said Wednesday that 14 people awaiting extradition from Russia had funded an extremist group alleged to be behind the Andijan uprising in 2005.

The Prosecutor General's office said in a statement that the 14 sent money to alleged Islamic radicals in Andijan.

The statement said the money helped fund the uprising, which was triggered by the trial of 23 businessmen accused of setting up an extremist group bent on building an Islamic state. (AP)

James Tyson Dead at 90

James Tyson, 90, a market researcher who became a strident critic of American journalism during the Cold War, died of kidney failure July 10 at his home in Darien, Connecticut.

Tyson was outspoken with his concern that U.S. newsrooms had become hotbeds of communist infiltration. He published a book, "Target America" (1981), charging that the Soviet Union had staged "a massive secret propaganda campaign" through the media that influenced U.S. policy on defense, intelligence and foreign affairs. (WP)

For the Record

New Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych will visit Moscow next week to discuss economic cooperation, Interfax reported Wednesday. (MT)

The first of four shipments of Russian humanitarian aid for Lebanon left Moscow on Wednesday. (MT)