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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Convicts Head Home

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and Federal Prison Service deputy chief Eduard Petrukhin have agreed to transfer most Chechen convicts to prisons in the region, the newspaper Gazeta reported.

The only exceptions will be prisoners with life sentences.

It is estimated that 1,000 Chechens, including 100 convicted rebel fighters, are currently serving time in prisons across the country. (MT)

Court Official to Be Retired

Russia's representative to the European Court of Human Rights, Pavel Laptev, will be recalled soon, Vedomosti reported Thursday, citing sources in the government.

In 2006, Russians filed some 10,000 complaints to the court, of which 106 were considered. In 100 cases, Russia was ordered to pay compensation, totaling nearly $1.8 million. (MT)

96th HIV Case Reported

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The number of children who contracted HIV in southern Kazakhstan in an outbreak blamed on doctors' negligence has reached 96, officials said Thursday.

The two most recent victims, aged 3 and 4, were diagnosed with HIV in the Sairam district and the city of Turkestan respectively, a regional health department spokeswoman said. (AP)

Uzbek Activist Gets 6 Years

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- An Uzbek opposition activist has been sentenced to six years in prison on extortion and fraud charges amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent, a rights group said Thursday.

Mukhammadali Karabayev, a longtime activist of the banned Birlik party who was arrested in September, was convicted last week by a court in the eastern city of Namangan, said the Esguliq group's leader, Vasilya Inoyatova. (AP)