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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

BMW Kills Pedestrian



A speeding BMW equipped with a blue siren killed a pedestrian crossing the street in a central Moscow crosswalk Monday, RIA-Novosti reported.

The car was driving at more than 100 kilometers per hour down Malaya Pirogovskaya Ulitsa at around noon when it struck the man, who was hurled 15 meters and died on the spot, a police source told RIA-Novosti. (MT)




Churov Attacks Print Media



The country's print media are slanted toward opposition parties in their election coverage, Central Elections Committee chief Vladimir Churov said Monday, RIA-Novosti reported.

While radio coverage has achieved "full balance" in covering political parties, "the print media have a bias toward opposition parties, [and] television channels give their preferences to different parties," Churov said. He said his conclusions were based on research from Sept. 3 to Sept. 23. (MT)




Bomb Found Under Bus



VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian border guards have seized a minibus attempting to cross into Russia with a bomb attached underneath it, the Baltic country's border guard service said, Interfax reported.

The driver of the Volkswagen Transporter was a 48-year-old Kaunas resident, and guards found suspicious wires in the back of the vehicle that were leading to an object attached under the car, Lithuanian border service spokesman Gedrius Misutis said, Interfax reported Sunday. (MT)




Ex-Major Joins A Just Russia



Jailed Arkhangelsk Mayor Alexander Donskoi joined the A Just Russia party on Monday, Regnum.ru reported.

Donskoi was arrested in July on charges of abuse of office and faking his university diploma, which his supporters say are politically motivated. (MT)




Yushchenko Urges Coalition



KIEV -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko told parties in a new parliament Monday to propose a coalition government and prime minister by the end of the week and demanded control over all security forces.

Yushchenko also insisted that "all parts of the security apparatus" be under his control "to avoid excesses that happened with Interior Ministry troops," referring to incidents in May. (Reuters)