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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Georgian Gunned Down

A Georgian citizen died in northwest Moscow early Sunday after being shot five times, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

At 12:06 a.m., police received a report of shots fired near 8 Ulitsa Marshala Meretskova in the Shchukino district. Officers responding to the call found the body of Alexander Alboyev between the sidewalk and the roadway.

Alboyev was shot in the back, neck and head. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the killing. (MT)

2 Uzbeks Killed in Brawl

Two Uzbeks were killed in a brawl in a town outside St. Petersburg on Friday.

The victims died of apparent knife wounds suffered in a fight in the town of Pushkin, Itar-Tass reported, citing police.

Interfax said the fight involved more than eight other people but that their identities were uncertain because they dispersed before police arrived. (AP)

Former Official Gets 6 Years

A Moscow court late last week sentenced Alexander Tugushev, a former deputy head of the Fishing Committee, to six years in prison for taking a $3.7 million bribe, news agencies reported.

Prosecutors said Tugushev accepted the bribe from a businessman in the Khabarovsk region in exchange for a promise to allocate fishing quotas to his company.

Two other officials and a businessman, who prosecutors claimed were Tugushev's accomplices, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 5 1/2 years for fraud, the reports said. (AP)

Police Detain Second Grader

A second grader in Moscow has been detained for making a bomb threat to police, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Sunday.

The young girl called emergency services Friday and said she had a bomb. Police traced the call and sent a patrol unit to the address on Donetskaya Ulitsa.

The girl said she had only wanted "to make a little joke." (MT)

Russian Art Sells at Sotheby's

Sotheby's auction house has sold ?2.63 million ($5.17 million) in Russian modern and contemporary art at its London office.

Just over 80 percent of the 113 lots sold on Thursday, and half of those beat their high estimates. North American and European collectors were the main sellers and Russians accounted for the vast majority of buyers, Sotheby's said.

"The Russians outbid everyone, and the results of this sale show there's a burgeoning market for modern and contemporary Russian art," said Jo Vickery, head of Sotheby's Russian department in London. (Bloomberg)

Rostropovich in Treatment

Cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, 79, is still receiving treatment at a Moscow hospital where he was taken earlier this month, his secretary said Friday.

"He is feeling better and that is all I will say," Natalya Dollezhal said. "He is still in the hospital." (Reuters)

10 U.S. Citizens Deported

MINSK -- Ten U.S. citizens have left Belarus after authorities deported them for violating the country's law on religious activity, law enforcement authorities said Friday.

Police who raided an evangelical Protestant church in Mogilev, where the Americans were ostensibly holding seminars on conversational English, found them singing songs and saw Bibles on tables, Interior Ministry spokesman Oleg Slepchenko said. (AP)

Education Minister Named

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on Friday appointed a new education minister as part of a new government that foreign states hope will deliver on promises of reform.

Berdymukhammedov's late predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, curtailed schooling and access to universities. The new president, who oversaw education as a deputy prime minister, has pledged to reverse those cuts partially.

New Education Minister Hadyr Saparlyyev, 48, already held the post in 2004 and 2005. (Reuters)

Goose Fights in Suzdal

For the fourth year running, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life in the Vladimir region city of Suzdal will host goose fights next Saturday, Interfax reported.

Museum spokeswoman Irina Kuznetsova said the bouts would involve geese ranging from 1 to 4 years old.

"This traditional Russian entertainment both attracts tourists and is entirely safe for the birds. No blood is spilled in the fights, and the birds are not hurt," Kuznetsova said. (MT)