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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Former Policeman Kills 2

MAKHACHKALA -- A former Makhachkala traffic police officer tossed grenades and opened fire with a rifle at his home during a family quarrel, killing his wife and daughter before his son-in-law shot him dead, police announced Monday.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Abdulla Abdullayev threw two grenades into a room and then proceeded to fire shots with a hunting rifle late Sunday, city police headquarters chief Shamil Guseynov said.

Abdullayev's wife and daughter were killed. His son, another daughter and his son-in-law were injured, he said.

The son-in-law, also a police officer, fatally shot him with his service pistol, Guseynov said. Police said the attack resulted from a family argument, but they did not say what sparked the fight. (AP)

Central Bank Denies Claims

Central Bank chief Sergei Ignatyev on Monday dismissed accusations of corruption at the bank made by Alexei Frenkel, who has been charged with organizing the September murder of Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov, Interfax reported.

Ignatyev said Frenkel's accusations were groundless and that they seemed to have been compiled by a group of people, not by Frenkel alone.

In an open letter published on the Kommersant web site last week, Frenkel accused the Central Bank of being complicit in allowing customers of suspect banks to make cash withdrawals after it had cited those banks for illegal activities. (MT)

Hermitage Suspect on Trial

The trial of Nikolai Zavadsky got under way Monday in a St. Petersburg district court.

Zavadsky is charged with stealing 77 objects from the State Hermitage Museum, Interfax reported.

The trial was to have begun Jan. 9, but Zavadsky disputed the evaluation of the stolen items offered by experts from the Hermitage.

Experts estimate the value of the stolen items at 14.8 million rubles (just over $558,000).

Items worth nearly half that amount have been returned to the museum. (MT)

Ambassador En Route

TBILISI, Georgia -- Russia's ambassador to Georgia arrived in Armenia Monday on his way to Tbilisi, a senior embassy official said.

Russia has not restored air and other transport links to Georgia that it cut in September, so Vyacheslav Kovalenko was forced to return to his post via neighboring Armenia.

Ivan Volynkin, charge d'affaires for the Russian Embassy in Georgia, said Kovalenko would take up his post in Tbilisi on Tuesday. (AP)

Launches to Stop at Svobody

Rocket launches from a decade-old Siberian facility will be discontinued later this year, an official from the Space Forces said Monday.

The military will continue space monitoring operations at the Svobodny Cosmodrome in the Amur region near the Chinese border.

The official, who said he was not authorized to give his name to the media, said Svobody was only capable of conducting launches of light rockets and that upgrading it would be too expensive. (AP)