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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

More People Behind Bars

As of July 1, 889,600 are being held in prisons and detention facilities, the Federal Prison Service said on its web site. That number is up from 763,000 in 2004, it said. In 2001, there were approximately 980,000 people incarcerated.

Women account for 63,000 of those incarcerated, while 727 children are living in women's correctional facilities.

There are currently 12,000 young people incarcerated in juvenile detention centers, the agency said. (MT)

A Bigger Theater Wait

The Bolshoi Theater, closed for reconstruction since 2005, will reopen in 2009, a year later than originally planned due to delays in repair work, its general director, Anatoly Iksanov, told the Gazeta daily.

The theater was to reopen in 2008 with a performance by Italy's La Scala Theater, Iksanov said. The Bolshoi is now in talks to schedule the performance for next year's opening, he told Gazeta. (MT)

New Metro Line

A new metro line will open in western Moscow by the end of the year, Moscow metro chief Dmitry Gayev said Monday, Interfax reported.

It will connect the Park Pobedy station on the Dark Blue Line to a new Strogino station, the next stop after the Krylatskoye station on the Light Blue Line, Gayev said.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 24, Gayev said, Interfax reported. (MT)

Witness Accuses Frenkel

A witness has claimed that Alexei Frenkel, the banker suspected of organizing the murder of first deputy chairman of the Central Bank Andrei Kozlov, predicted Kozlov's death, Kommersant reported Monday.

The witness, a banker known to be close to Frenkel, told prosecutors he heard Frenkel say, "Soon, Kozlov won't be around, and many will rejoice in his death, even in the Central Bank," Kommersant said.

Frenkel denies ordering the hit, saying Kozlov's death was likely the result of a struggle inside the Central Bank.

Kozlov was shot dead in a contract-style hit in September 2006. Frenkel, head of the now-defunct VIP Bank, was arrested in January and has been in police custody ever since. (MT)

Nashi Picks New Leader

The pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi has chosen Nikita Borovikov as its new leader, Kommersant reported Monday.

Borovikov, a 26-year-old graduate of the Vladimir State Pedagogical University law school, will succeed Vasily Yakemenko, Kommersant reported.

Borovikov was elected Friday at a Nashi summer camp on Lake Seliger attended by some 10,000 members and will assume the post early next year, the report said.

Yakemenko, who has led Nashi since its creation in 2005, said earlier this month he would step down, but has not said he is leaving politics. (MT)

Diplomat Gets Nose Broken

A German diplomat had his nose broken in a fight in the Sverdlovsk region, Interfax reported Monday.

Max Mueller, vice consul at the German consulate in Yekaterinburg, was returning from a motorcycle show in the town of Irbit with his translator when the fight started with a man from the Tyumen region, police told Interfax.

The man said Mueller's translator said something offensive in English, Interfax said. Mueller sustained the blow in the ensuing fight, the report said.

Mueller was taken to a hospital in Irbit, where he was treated for a broken nose, police said. Police are investigating the incident, Interfax reported. (MT)