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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Chaika's New Adviser



Prosecutor Salavat Karimov, who led the first legal onslaught against Yukos, has taken a position as an adviser to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, the Prosecutor General's Office announced Tuesday, Interfax reported.

The announcement came a day after Kommersant reported that Karimov had retired after not being offered a job in the Prosecutor General's Office's newly formed Investigative Committee.

Kommersant said Karimov had turned down an offer to be an adviser to Chaika. (MT)




25 Gambling Sites Closed



City authorities have shut down 15 casinos for violating new gambling laws and closed 10 underground gambling halls since July, city officials said Tuesday.

The closures came after inspections of 62 gambling venues over the past 2 1/2 months by city gaming officials, a City Hall source told Interfax.

A new federal law that came into effect July 1 stiffened requirements for legal gambling establishments. The law also banned gambling establishments near schools and sports facilities.

Of the 910 gambling establishments operating in Moscow at the beginning of the year, just 497 are in compliance with the new law, Interfax said. (MT)




No Orange for Yanukovych



KIEV -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych apparently still sees red when he sees orange.

Yanukovych was to open a new stretch of road in central Ukraine on Monday when a senior official ordered workers at the site to remove their fluorescent orange gear.

Orange is the campaign color of Yanukovych's rival, President Viktor Yushchenko, who swept to power in the Orange Revolution.

"Take off those orange overalls!" Volodymyr Demishkan, head of the state roads authority, told workers at the scene, Kommersant Ukraine reported. Many workers refused, but another official pleaded with the workers to remove their outfits, saying he would otherwise face dismissal. Eventually they complied. (Reuters)