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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Matviyenko Not Running

St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko has dismissed speculation that she might run for president next year.

"I do not suffer from megalomania, and I have no presidential ambitions," Matviyenko said in an interview published Monday in Izvestia.

Matviyenko, a former deputy prime minister and ambassador, became Russia's first female governor in 2003, after being openly backed by President Vladimir Putin. She has been named in the media as one of Putin's potential successors. (MT)

Other Russia Candidate List

Opposition coalition The Other Russia has invited all Russian citizens to participate in the selection of a unity opposition candidate.

In an open letter posted on its web site Monday, the coalition listed candidates to choose from, including Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, former Central Bank chief Viktor Gerashchenko, former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov.

Independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky were also included on the list.

A web site dedicated to Bukovsky's presidential campaign,, opened Monday, reported. (MT)

Bill to Register the Homeless

A bill ordering compulsory registration of homeless people has been submitted to the State Duma for consideration, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

The bill stipulates up to one year in a special detention facility for homeless people who repeatedly refuse to register their whereabouts with authorities.

They would be required to register every six months in the region where they are staying and register anew after moving to a different region, Itar-Tass reported.

Vladimir Vasilyev, the bill's author and deputy head of the Duma's Labor and Social Policy Committee, said in addition to punitive measures, psychological, economic and employment assistance would be offered under the bill as well, Itar-Tass said. (MT)

Tajiks Foil Terrorist Plot

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Tajikistan said Monday that it had foiled a plot to carry out terrorist attacks against nightclubs and markets and arrested seven Uzbek citizens in connection with the case.

Tajikistan's first deputy interior minister, Sharif Nazarov, told reporters that the Uzbeks were members of a militant group calling itself the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, active in the region in the late 1990s.

Police had confiscated explosives from the suspects. (Reuters)

Body Found in Pool Pump

Workers at a water park in Kazan have found the body of a 14-year-old boy in a swimming pool pump chamber, three weeks after he went missing, Kommersant reported Monday.

Staff at the water park checked the pump Saturday evening because it had been spewing out water and not working as normal, Kommersant reported. Inside the pump chamber, workers found the body of Sergei Matveyev.

Prosecutors believe Matveyev may have been sucked through a faulty grille into the chamber while diving underwater when he and his family visited the park July 2, Kommersant said.

An extensive search failed to find Matveyev, and until the body was discovered, police believed he had been kidnapped. (AP)