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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Zubkov Gives Policy Speech



Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov made his first major public policy pronouncement on Wednesday, slamming delays in helping thousands of people who were made homeless by last month's Sakhalin earthquake in the Far East.

Zubkov said 8,000 people remained homeless and told ministers to speed work on helping the victims of the quake.

"The president asked me to get to the bottom of the situation and naturally, of course, ensure measures so that people do not suffer," Zubkov said. (Reuters)




Politkovskaya Suspect Held



A suspect detained in the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya is a crime boss wanted in Ukraine for his purported involvement in an assassination attempt in Kiev last year, the Tvoi Den newspaper reported Wednesday.

The 49-year-old, identified by Tvoi Den only as M., is the only suspect cooperating in the investigation, the newspaper said without citing any sources.

The suspect's cooperation has led to the arrest of 12 suspects, including a former Federal Security Service officer, an Interior Ministry officer and a former Chechen official, Tvoi Den reported. (MT)




For the Record



A helicopter with seven people on board crashed near Kashirskoye Shosse and the Moscow Ring Road on Wednesday. No one was injured. (MT)

Former world chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov said Wednesday that he would run for president in the March elections as a "symbolic statement." (Bloomberg)

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, on Wednesday poured cold water on calls from Western states for a new set of UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. (Reuters)