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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Microsoft Case Reopens

A school principal accused of pirating Microsoft software faces a new legal battle after the Perm regional court on Tuesday overturned a ruling throwing out the case.

Alexander Ponosov is accused of installing pirate copies of Microsoft software on 12 school computers. He faces up to five years in jail if convicted and a fine of 266,596 rubles ($10,220). "My position has not changed. I am innocent," Ponosov said by telephone. (Reuters)

Georgia Sues Russia

Georgia is suing Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for damages relating to the deportation of thousands of its citizens last year, Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing Zurab Chiaberashvili, Georgia's envoy to the court.

The Georgian case in the Strasbourg court focuses on the deaths of seven citizens who died while being deported or because of ethnic tensions created by the expulsions. The suit is the first brought against Russia by another country, the newspaper said. (Bloomberg)

American Attacked

Vladivostok police have detained three suspects in the robbery and beating of a U.S. citizen last week, Interfax reported Tuesday.

The trio, aged 18 to 26, approached the unidentified U.S. citizen returning home from a cafe at 3 a.m., beat him and took his wristwatch, lighter and some other small personal belongings. (MT)

Prosecutors Go to London

Russian prosecutors arrived in London on Monday to investigate the death of former Federal Security Services agent Alexander Litvinenko.

The delegation is headed by Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev, Interfax reported. Zvyagintsev has said he wanted to question more than 100 people, including self-exiled businessman Boris Berezovsky, in connection with the case in Britain.

Both Scotland Yard and the Prosecutor General's Office refused to comment on the trip. (MT)

Actor Ulyanov Dead at 79

Mikhail Ulyanov, an actor and art director of the Vakhtangov Theater, died in a Moscow hospital after a long illness, Interfax reported Tuesday. He was 79.

Ulyanov shot to fame with his 1964 film "Predsedatel" ("Chairman"), now a Soviet classic. He starred in screen versions of Dostoevsky's novels "Idiot" and "The Brothers Karamazov." (MT)