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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Youths Attack Nemtsov



A group of pro-Kremlin youth activists disrupted a book presentation by Boris Nemtsov on Thursday evening, taunting the liberal politician and throwing hardback copies of his new "Confessions of a Rebel" at him.

More than two dozen activists, including Oleg Lobkov, leader of a militialike volunteer force within the Nashi youth movement, were among a crowd of 300 attending the presentation at the Moskva bookshop. They frequently interrupted a speech by Nemtsov, and when he began to sign copies of his book, a group of at least four started heaving books at him. One book struck a female aide of Nemtsov. Security guards hustled the youths away.

Nemtsov said there seemed to be more pro-Kremlin youths than reasonable people in the store before carrying on with the signing. (MT)




Auditor Held Over Big Bribe



A Defense Ministry auditor has been arrested on suspicion of trying to extort 7 million euros ($9.9 million) from an engineering company in exchange for not reporting illegal exports, Vremya Novostei reported Thursday.

Yury Gaidukov, an employee of the Audit Chamber who worked at the Defense Ministry, was detained Sept. 11 after accepting 1 million euros ($1.4 million) from a executive at Energomash, the report said. The money was meant as a first installment. (MT)




Tests Indicate Pole Is Russia's



Preliminary tests on samples gathered by a Russian scientific expedition prove that a vast mountain range under the Arctic Ocean is part of Russia's continental shelf, the Natural Resources Ministry said Thursday.

The conclusion is likely to add a jolt to the international scramble for control of the Arctic, which leapt forward last month when two Russian submarines planted a flag on the seabed. (AP)




Airspace Dispute Resolved



HELSINKI -- Russia has acknowledged that its aircraft violated Finnish airspace last week but said it was unintentional, Finland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

"It was caused by inadequate exchange of information between the flight crew and ground stations," the ministry said. Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva said he was satisfied with the explanation. (AP)