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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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9 Killed in Money Dispute

MAKHACHKALA -- A shootout that erupted over a dispute about money in Dagestan killed nine people early Sunday, including a police officer, authorities said.

The gunfire broke out after a group of gunmen came to the village of Gonoda to demand money owed them by a resident, regional Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said.

Some of those killed in the Gonoda shooting were relatives of Dagestan Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov, Tolchinsky said. It was not immediately known whether the dispute was connected to his official activities. (AP)

Imam Shot Dead

MAKHACHKALA -- Gunmen killed an imam on his way to morning prayers in Dagestan on Saturday, a day after he spoke out against Islamic extremists, police said.

Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov was shot by attackers in a car while walking from his home to his mosque in the Dagestani settlement of Gudben, district police chief Sergei Makukha said.

Gadzhimagomedov, a vocal critic of Islamic extremism, had spoken out against militants during a service at the mosque on Friday, Makukha said. He said the killing was "clearly a revenge attack" by Islamic militants. (AP)

Detective Killed in Moscow

A senior detective investigating fraud and corruption in businesses was shot dead as he left a Moscow restaurant on Thursday, authorities confirmed Friday.

Nazim Kaziakhmedov was shot twice in the chest and once in the head before his killer fled in a waiting car, Kommersant reported.

A spokesman for Dagestan's general prosecutor confirmed that Kaziakhmedov, who came from the republic, had been shot and killed as he left the Bakinsky Dvorik restaurant on Ulitsa Stromynka, near the Sokolniki metro station, after a lunch meeting. (Reuters)

Khodorkovsky Told to Stay

A Chita court has ordered imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to stay in an east Siberian jail for another three months, a web site operated by his supporters said Friday, the latest setback in his lawyers' fight to get him transferred to Moscow in connection with a new investigation.

A district court in the city of Chita ruled Friday that Khodorkovsky must remain in custody there to prevent him from "obstructing the investigation and hiding criminal evidence," the site said.

Khodorkovsky's lawyers have sought his transfer to Moscow amid a money-laundering investigation prosecutors opened in February. (AP)

4 Russian Hikers Saved

NEW DELHI -- Four Russian trekkers and four Indian porters, stranded for more than a day in a mountainous north Indian state after heavy snow, have been rescued by helicopter, a district official said.

The group was trapped by the snowfall as they tried to trek through the Gangotri glacier.

"An Indian air force helicopter has rescued the Russian trekkers and their porters. They are safe," Meenakshi Sundaram, the top administrator in Uttarkashi district where the trek began, said Saturday. (Reuters)