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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Astakhov Fiction Not Libel

Moscow prosecutors Monday declined to open a criminal case against lawyer and television courtroom program host Pavel Astakhov for slander, RIA-Novosti reported.

Ivan Glukhov, chief of the Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Directorate, charged last week that Astakhov's fictional depiction of officers in his unit as accomplices in illegal business takeovers constituted libel. (MT)

A Case of Poisonous Kefir

Food poisoning that hospitalized 128 children last week was caused by dysentery-infected kefir served in a kindergarten cafeteria, investigators from the local prosecutor's office said, reported Monday.

The Stavropol Region Prosecutor's Office has opened a criminal investigation into the Health Code violations that lead to the poisonings. No suspects have been named. (MT)