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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Immigration Leader Jailed

Movement Against Illegal Immigration leader Alexander Belov was arrested Thursday on his way to the Karelian town of Kondopoga on the first anniversary of ethnic strife that erupted there last year.

The officers stopped Belov for a document check and arrested him when he refused to show his passport. They then discovered that his ticket was under a different name, reported. Belov's real last name is Potkin.

Belov was sentenced to five days in jail for refusing to follow police orders and verbally abusing a police officer. (MT)

Unrest Over New Housing

OMON riot police broke up an unsanctioned rally in front of the Mayor's Office on Tverskaya Ulitsa on Thursday by people protesting the construction of new residential and office buildings near their homes.

Two busloads of OMON officers arrived at the spot to disperse the protesters, Ekho Moskvy radio reported. Some of the protesters lay on the ground at the main entrance, but they were eventually forced to leave.

Also Thursday, a leader of a movement against the construction of new housing in an older neighborhood was attacked and beaten by unidentified assailants.

Sergei Zilberman, leader of a group in the northeastern neighborhood of Bogorodksoye, was lured out of his apartment and hit in the head with a baseball bat, reported. (MT)

Court Orders Exhumation

The North Caucasus Military District Court on Thursday ordered the exhumation of the bodies of three Chechens in a murder trial against army lieutenants Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev, Interfax reported.

Dmitry Rogozin, the nationalist politician who is acting as legal council for the two soldiers, said he had requested that the bodies be exhumed to determine whether a bullet inside one of them matched the gun Arakcheyev used while serving in Chechnya in 2003.

Prosecutors say Khudyakov and Arakcheyev forced the three construction workers out of their truck in Grozny in January 2003 and ordered them to lie on the ground before shooting them. The bodies were then doused in gasoline and set alight, prosecutors said. (MT)

Nuclear Submarine Aflame

Emergency crews put out a small fire that broke out Thursday as a nuclear submarine was being dismantled at a base in northern Russia, Itar-Tass reported, citing local Emergency Situations Ministry officials.

The fire broke out at 4:36 a.m. on a Typhoon-class nuclear submarine at the Zvyozdochka enterprise in the city of Severodvinsk, on the White Sea.

The submarine did not have a reactor on board when the fire broke out, and no one was injured, Itar-Tass reported.

"The fire was put out within six minutes, no one was injured," the local emergency official said. (Reuters)

Visa-Free Travel to Israel?

Israel's Tourism Ministry has recommended that the country introduce a visa-free regime with Russia, the BBC reported Thursday.

Israeli diplomats plan to contact their Russian counterparts to discuss the proposal and hope progress can be made on the issue when Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov visits Israel in October, BBC said.

Israeli law only allows visa-free regimes to be established with other countries on the basis of reciprocity.

Russia has yet to comment officially on the proposal, although the BBC reported that Federation Council International Affairs Committee head Mikhail Margelov had expressed support.

Some 73,400 Russians visited Israel in 2006, the BBC said. (MT)