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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

U.S. Citizen Hospitalized



An American citizen was hospitalized in Moscow on Saturday with brain injuries and multiple stab wounds, Interfax reported.

A Moscow clinic notified the city police Saturday that an American man had been admitted at 7:50 a.m.

The man, whose name was provided in Russian only and spelled as Ryan Akes, had been apparently hit on the head and stabbed in both thighs, the agency quoted the unidentified clinic's official as saying.

The hospital staff was "fighting to save his life," Interfax quoted medical personnel as saying on Friday.

The news agency said police were trying to establish on Sunday where the American was residing in Moscow and what he was doing in the country's capital. (MT)




Paratrooper Electrocuted



One paratrooper was killed and six others injured when they were electrocuted while swimming in a Vladikavkaz fountain Thursday on Paratroopers Day, local emergency officials said Friday.

North Ossetia Emergency Situations Ministry officials cited electrocution by a power cable as a probable cause of the death of Alan Kuzhev, 24, a native of Kabardino-Balkaria.

"The initial version was that the paratrooper had impaled himself on something metallic, but there are no visible injuries to his body," Interfax reported Friday.

The death occurred at around 10 p.m. on Fountain Square during a concert dedicated to the celebrations, Interfax reported.

Taking to the fountains across the country is a long-standing tradition for paratroopers to mark the holiday. (MT)




Supplies Sent to Station



An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying over 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts blasted off for the international space station Thursday, officials said.

The Progress M-61, mounted atop a Soyuz-U booster rocket, lifted off as scheduled at 9:34 p.m. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.

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

The cargo ship was also carrying two spare computers to back up those that failed in June, briefly disabling orientation and oxygen production on the Russian side of the station. The breakdown was fixed, and the computers have since been functioning normally. (AP)




NGOs Ordered to Grozny



GROZNY -- Humanitarian organizations operating in Russia's troubled Chechnya region expressed concern Friday over an official ultimatum that they should move their offices to the Chechen capital or be banned.

Chechen government officials told representatives of more than 20 nongovernmental organizations on Wednesday that they had two weeks to move their regional headquarters to Grozny.

Nearly 30 NGOs -- among them international charities such as Medecins Sans Frontieres and World Vision -- work in Chechnya assisting people who suffered in a decade-long separatist war that devastated the region. But security concerns and official restrictions on movement mean many base their operations in neighboring regions. (Reuters)