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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Adamov Trial Delayed



The trial of former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov has been postponed because one of his lawyers is on vacation, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Adamov faces charges of fraud and abuse of power stemming from his time in office from 1998 to 2001. His trial was set to begin Wednesday at the Zamoskvoretsky District Court but was postponed until Jan. 15 due to the absence of lawyer Timofey Gridnyev.

Adamov, 67, was detained in Switzerland at the request of U.S. authorities in May 2005 on suspicion of stealing $9 million in U.S. funds that were earmarked for improving nuclear safety in Russia.

Adamov denied the charges. He was subsequently extradited to face charges in Russia. (MT)




4 Teens Admit to Attack



Four teenagers in Vladivostok have confessed to beating two North Korean men to death and injuring a third last month, RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

The four, aged 15 to 16, were arrested last month on suspicion of attacking the three North Koreans on Dec. 11. Two victims died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the attack.

The suspects have been charged with deadly assault and released from custody on the condition that they do not leave the city. (MT)




Officers in Chechen Retrial



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Two officers went on trial at a military court Wednesday charged with killing three civilians in Chechnya, after two acquittals by jury.

Lieutenants Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev are accused of forcing three builders out of their truck in Grozny in January 2003 and ordering them to lie on the ground before shooting them. The bodies were then doused in fuel and set alight, prosecutors say.

About a dozen supporters of the two men staged a protest outside the courtroom complaining the officers had carried out their military duties. (AP)




For the Record



St. Petersburg was fighting floods on Wednesday as winds from the Gulf of Finland whipped up waves. (Reuters)

An Azeri Defense Ministry reserve officer, Pyotr Modzhalov, 45, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of treason for passing military secrets to Russia. (AP)