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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Kremlin Offers Prusak a Job



Former Novgorod Governor Mikhail Prusak was offered a position in the presidential administration one day before unexpectedly resigning from his post last week, President Vladimir Putin's envoy to the Northwest Federal District said Monday.

Ilya Klebanov said he met with Prusak in the governor's office Thursday evening and made him an offer "agreed upon with the president and with the head of the presidential administration," Interfax reported.

"Prusak liked the offer, but he will announce his decision himself in a few days," Klebanov told Interfax. "I think deep down he's willing."

Prusak resigned on Friday, just two months after Klebanov criticized what he called the region's "criminal environment." (MT)




Prisoner Killed in Brawl



One prisoner was killed and nine hospitalized after a brawl in a maximum-security prison in the republic of Sakha, prison officials said Monday.

The brawl at the Prison No. 6, about 100 kilometers from Yakutsk, was sparked by a fight between two prisoners at around 12:30 a.m. Monday, Federal Prison Service spokesman Alexander Sidorov told Interfax.

More than 20 prisoners joined in the fight, one of whom died of injuries from the fracas, Sidorov said. (MT)




Parking Lot Shooting



One man was shot dead and another injured in the Moscow region while sitting in a car in a McDonald's parking lot, a police source told Interfax.

Police found the body of an unidentified man in his early 20s with five bullets wounds in his chest and back in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Shchyolkovo early Sunday morning, the source said, Interfax reported Monday.

Police have detained two suspects in the attack and confiscated a hunting rifle, Interfax reported. (MT)




Akayev's Daughter Charged



BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz authorities Monday formally charged Bermet Akayeva, the daughter of the country's ousted President Askar Akayev, with obstructing justice and contempt of court, she said.

Akayeva is accused of pressuring the regional court in Kemin province to make it overturn its decision that in April barred her from running in a by-election for the parliament.

Akayeva said the charges were groundless and politically motivated.

Her lawyer, Ikrammiddin Aytkulov, said Akayeva could get up to three years in prison if convicted.

Akayeva is the only member of the former president's family to have returned to the country since his ouster. (AP)




Cargo Reaches Space Station



An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying more than 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts has successfully docked at the international space station, officials said.

The Progress M-61, which lifted off Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, moored at the orbiting outpost at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.

The ship delivered oxygen, water, food and scientific equipment to the station's crew -- Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov, and U.S. astronaut Clayton Anderson. (AP)