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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Charges in Matviyenko Plot

The Federal Security Service on Thursday charged a man arrested last week with plotting to kill St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko, Interfax reported.

The man, one of two suspects arrested in connection with the suspected plot, has been charged with plotting to kill a state official and illegal possession of explosives, Interfax said. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

The second suspect will be charged in the coming days, Interfax reported.

The suspects, whose names have not been released, have been linked to the banned radical Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. (MT)

Prosecutor Fired

Nizhnevartovsk's prosecutor has been fired over the illegal arrest of a local journalist accused of libel, Interfax reported Thursday.

The prosecutor, Nikolai Rumyantsev, has been dismissed for allowing the March arrest of the journalist, who is facing libel accusations over stories he wrote about authorities' investigation into suspected tax evasion by a large company, Interfax reported. Regional prosecutors have demanded the journalist be released, Interfax said.

Neither the journalist nor the company was identified in the report, but news portal identified the journalist as Alexei Kungurov, editor of the Tyumen newspaper Volny Gorod.

Alexander Peterman, head of the company Slavtek, filed the libel suit against Kungurov, said. (MT)

For the Record

Authorities seized more than 250 kilograms of heroin in the back of a truck in Moscow, law enforcement sources said Thursday, Interfax reported. (MT)

Ties between the European Union and Russia may suffer unless Moscow acts to ease tension with Estonia, the European Parliament said in a nonbinding resolution Thursday. (Reuters)