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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Bomb Kills 2 Policemen



A radio-controlled bomb has killed two policemen on the outskirts of Grozny, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The police were killed by a radio-controlled explosive placed at the entrance to a bridge over a railway track" on Tuesday, the source said.

An attack last month in the same area of Grozny injured six policemen at a checkpoint. (Reuters)




Berezovsky Accuses Putin



Self-exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky on Wednesday reiterated his claim that President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, originally made in a March interview with Russian prosecutors in London, according to a transcript released Wednesday, Kommersant reported.

"I also consider you, the [Russian] Prosecutor General's Office, to be an accomplice," Berezovsky said, according to the transcript.

Berezovsky will post the transcript in English on the Litvinenko.org.uk web site "in the coming days," a spokeswoman at his London office said by telephone Wednesday. (MT)




Warmer Weather in a Week



Warmer weather in Moscow is not expected until next week, Interfax reported Wednesday.

A spokesman for the city's weather bureau told Interfax that temperatures would rise to just 9 to 11 degrees Celsius on Thursday and hover close to freezing overnight.

"The weather will not change significantly until May 6, after which daytime temperatures will gradually rise to 16 degrees," the spokesman said. (MT)




Swedish Diplomats Mugged



Two Swedish consular employees have been mugged in St. Petersburg, the Fontanka.ru web site reported Tuesday.

The Swedish deputy consul, Hans Gustavsson, and archivist Emma Eriksson were held up at knife-point at around 2:40 a.m. Monday as they walked along Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa toward the consulate, the web site reported.

The thieves made off with Gustavsson's wallet, which contained 5,000 rubles. They also stole 1,000 rubles and 50 euros from Eriksson. (MT)




4 Russians Indicted in U.S.



SACRAMENTO, California -- Four Russian citizens, three of whom were in the United States on temporary work visas, conspired to steal personal information and used it to buy computers, jewelry and other merchandise, U.S. federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento unsealed the indictment after three of the men were arrested in Baltimore, Maryland, last month. The fourth, Alexei Chugayev, 24, is believed to be a fugitive in southern Russia.

Roman Karelov, 18, and Oleg Umarov, 20, were ordered held without bail on Monday in federal court in Sacramento. Radik Nizamov is being transported to Sacramento from Baltimore, where all three were living temporarily at the time of their April 13 arrest, prosecutors said. (AP)