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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

FSB Thrown for a Loop



Federal Security Service head Nikolai Patrushev said Monday that investigators looking into the Aug. 13 bombing of a Moscow-St. Petersburg train were "adjusting" their inquiry due to news reports that an arrested suspect had an alibi.

"Certain adjustments had to be made to the accounts," Patrushev said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Interfax reported.

The Memorial human rights group said one of three arrested suspects, Andrei Kalyonov, was working in its St. Petersburg office the day of the blast, Kommersant reported Monday. (MT)




7 Killed in Highway Crashes



Seven people died in two separate accidents on a busy highway between Moscow and Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

A 6-year-old boy and his father were killed when a bus they were riding in overturned outside the city of Voronezh early Monday.

Five people died later in the day when a GAZel minivan collided with a Lada sedan in the same area. The crash instantly killed the Lada driver, his 1-year-old daughter and a 48-year-old passenger. One GAZel passenger died on the spot, while the Lada driver's wife died of her injuries in the hospital five hours later. (MT, Reuters)




Conscript Dies After Beating



A conscript died in a hospital Monday after two drunken officers at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome beat him with belts and caused severe head injuries, Itar-Tass reported.

"Despite all efforts, Sergei Sinkonen died today in the Plesetsk Cosmodrome hospital," Space Forces spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin said.

An officer and warrant officer at the cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region beat up Sinkonen after heavy drinking at a wedding party on Aug. 14. The Space Forces is investigating. (Reuters)




Kazakhs Seek Arrest



Kazakhstan's police issued an arrest warrant Monday for the former head of its national security service, Alnur Musayev, in connection with a high-profile kidnapping case.

"The investigation has shown that this citizen had taken part in the kidnappings," Interior Ministry spokesman Bagdat Kozhakhmetov told reporters.

Also wanted in connection with the case is Rakhat Aliyev, the former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He is accused of involvement in the January kidnapping of two senior officials at Kazakh bank Nurbank. (Reuters)




Police to Protect Embassies



President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree authorizing the Interior Ministry to have representatives in foreign countries, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

Forty-one ministry employees will be stationed abroad to work with foreign law enforcement agencies and to help prevent international crime, the decree said. (MT)




Jordan Supports Kadyrov



AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's King Abdullah II told Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Monday that his country was willing to provide Chechnya with education and health expertise, the official Petra news agency said.

Kadyrov met with the king and other Jordanian officials as part of a three-day visit to the country that started Sunday. (AP)