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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Japanese Boat to Be Released



The Foreign Ministry said Monday that Russia would return a Japanese fishing boat seized off the Pacific Coast last month, but there was no word on whether the crew of 17 would also be released.

The ministry said it informed Japan on Friday that the Hoshin Maru 88, captured by the Coast Guard on June 3 and taken to a port on the Kamchatka Peninsula, would be returned in exchange for a fine that has not yet been determined.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said Friday that it had filed a complaint with an international maritime court. (AP)




Khabarovsk Governor Stays



Khabarovsk Governor Viktor Ishayev was confirmed for a fifth consecutive term Monday.

Regional legislators confirmed Ishayev for the post by a 24-2 vote after President Vladimir Putin submitted his candidacy on July 5, Interfax reported.

Ishayev has governed the Far East region since 1991 and was last re-elected in 2004.

Under a 2005 law abolishing gubernatorial elections, incumbents must either seek the president's approval for a new term or wait until their mandates end and see whether the president nominates them. After a presidential nomination, the incumbent must then be approved by the region's legislature. (MT)




Abkhaz Premier Attacked



SUKHUMI, Georgia -- Unidentified assailants opened fire on a car carrying the prime minister of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region on Monday, lightly injuring him, officials said.

A grenade launcher was apparently used in the attack on Alexander Ankvab, who has survived three assassination attempts since he took office in early 2005, said Abkhazia's top police official, Otar Khetsiya. There was no word on suspects or a motive.

Ankvab's car came under fire in the morning while en route to Sukhumi, the capital of the Black Sea province, Khetsiya said.

Ankvab said a grenade hit the trunk of the car, Interfax reported. He said he had shrapnel wounds in his back and was shaken up by the blast, but that nobody was seriously injured in the attack. (AP)




Ex-Moldovan Minister Freed



CHISINAU, Moldova -- An appeals court freed former Moldovan Defense Minister Valeriu Pasat on Monday, overturning his conviction for abusing his position in the sale of 21 MiG fighter planes to the United States.

The judges did not immediately explain their ruling, because Moldovan courts usually publish their full verdict within a month of the initial judgment.

Pasat was serving as an adviser to Moscow-based Unified Energy System when he was arrested in 2005. He has denied any wrongdoing. (AP)




Indian Diplomat Robbed



An Indian diplomat had his $400 cell phone stolen Saturday while he was shopping at an Ashan supermarket in southeast Moscow, Interfax reported Monday.

The diplomat was shopping at the store on Ryazansky Prospekt when an unidentified thief stole his Nokia cell phone, a police source told Interfax.

"While he was shopping, an unidentified person took advantage of the inattentive foreigner and grabbed the cell phone out of his bag," the source said.

Police are investigating the incident, Interfax reported. (MT)