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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Light Sentence for Mayor



Arkhangelsk's mayor received a suspended sentence Tuesday and will remain in jail to face other charges.

Alexander Donskoi was given a suspended one-year sentence by the Arkhangelsk City Court for illegal business activities and using a fake diploma, Itar-Tass reported. He was also ordered to pay a 75,000 ruble ($2,900) fine.

Donskoi, 37, who has been in jail since his arrest in July, will remain in custody to face separate charges of abuse of office that are still pending. (AP)




Swiss Convict 4 Over Crash



BUELACH, Switzerland -- A Swiss court Tuesday convicted four employees of Swiss air traffic control company Skyguide of negligent homicide in the deaths of 71 people in a midair plane collision five years ago.

Three people were given one-year suspended prison sentences, while the other was ordered to pay a 13,500 Swiss franc ($11,200) fine for his role in the July 1, 2002 collision of a Bashkirian Airlines plane and a DHL cargo jet over Germany, killing the two cargo pilots and all on the passenger plane.

Four other officials of Skyguide were acquitted. (AP)




Chechnya Policeman Killed



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- A clash between security forces and gunmen who attacked a school and a house in Chechnya killed one policeman and wounded four other officers, the regional Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry said the attack by about five gunmen took place overnight in Gukhoi, a village in the rugged mountains of the republic's south. (AP)




Belarus Spy Trial Opens



MINSK -- Four Belarussian army officers went on trial behind closed doors Tuesday on charges of spying for Poland.

The accused could, in theory, face the death penalty if convicted of espionage and treason, though there are no known instances of the penalty having been applied. A fifth officer, a Russian, is to face charges in his home country.

Security officials say the accused were told by the Polish intelligence service to provide secret information on the operations of the Belarussian armed forces and the country's joint air defense system with Russia. (Reuters)