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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Chaika Calls for Extradition



Prosecutor General Yury Chaika on Monday asked British authorities to strip Boris Berezovsky of his asylum status and to extradite him to face charges in Russia.

Chaika said he had sent a new request for Berezovsky's extradition to Britain's Home Office on Monday over the self-exiled tycoon's call last week for a forcible change of regime in Russia.

"A violent seizure of power is a criminal act in any country," Chaika said in a televised statement.

Britain's Home Office refused to make any specific comment on Berezovsky's case Monday. (AP)




2 Boys Attacked, One Killed



A 10-year-old boy was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death by an unidentified assailant Saturday evening in the Moscow region, prosecutors said Monday.

The boy was walking with a friend in Likino-Dulyovo, east of Moscow, at around 7 p.m. Saturday when an unidentified man accosted them and forced them into a nearby wooded area at knife point, Moscow regional prosecutors said in a statement.

After sexually assaulting the boys, the assailant slashed their necks with the knife. One of the boys died at the scene. The other, also 10, managed to escape and was hospitalized, prosecutors said.

A 20-year-old local construction worker has been detained but not charged in connection with the death, RIA-Novosti reported. (MT)




Protests Simmer in Bishkek



BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz protesters demanding President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's resignation gathered outside the parliament on Monday, accusing legislators of delaying the introduction of constitutional amendments.

Bakiyev, seeking to defuse the latest crisis to beset his turbulent rule, has proposed changing the constitution to cut some of his powers and submitted the amendments to the parliament.

The parliament has to approve the appointment of three new judges to the Constitutional Court before voting on the changes. It approved only one on Monday. (Reuters)

Khodorkovsky to Be Moved



The Moscow City Court on Monday upheld a decision to transfer former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky from a Siberian to a Moscow prison amid a new investigation into theft and money laundering charges against him.

The court rejected an appeal by prosecutors who sought to keep Khodorkovsky in Chita during the new investigation, and the ruling was to come into force immediately, said court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova.

"This significantly facilitates the work of the defense team," said Khodorkovsky's lawyer, Yury Shmidt. (AP)




Medvedev Visits Chechnya



GROZNY -- First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toured Chechnya on Monday to hail progress in rebuilding the region.

Medvedev, one of the favorites to succeed President Vladimir Putin, looked around a new medical clinic and university in Grozny with the new Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, at his side. "The situation in Chechnya has changed for the better," he said. "Of course, much remains to be done, but if we do nothing then nothing will move forward." (Reuters)




Mine Equipment Disabled



The accident at the Ulyanovskaya mine that killed 108 people occurred after the mine's managers intentionally disabled the safety equipment, the head of the Federal Service for Technical Regulations, Weights and Measures said Monday.

"Equipment displaying methane levels in the mine was deliberately deactivated so that the indicators would show a lower methane level but did not switch off the mine's electricity," Konstantin Pulikovsky said, RIA-Novosti reported. (MT)




U.S. Criticized on N. Korea



The U.S. failure to fulfill its financial obligations to North Korea has blocked an agreement on shutting down Pyongyang's nuclear program, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov said Monday.

The U.S. refusal to allow North Korea access to frozen funds have stalled progress on a February agreement, Losyukov said. (AP)




Polish Leader Backs Georgia



TBILISI, Georgia -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Monday voiced his country's support for Georgia's bid to joint NATO and suggested the country could achieve its goal of receiving an invitation to join the alliance in 2008.

Kaczynski, making his first official trip to Georgia, gave no further information about his prediction that an invitation could be forthcoming. (AP)