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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Lebedev to Run in Sochi

Billionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev is joining the increasingly crowded mayoral race in Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Spokesman Artyom Artyomov said Lebedev would submit his candidacy papers Tuesday for Sochi's elections.

Lebedev is a banker and co-owner of Aeroflot who recently added London's Evening Standard to his newspaper holdings. He ran for Moscow mayor in 2003.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov is also running in the Sochi race. Andrei Lugovoi, accused by Britain of killing Alexander Litvinenko, said he may run. (AP, MT)

Kommersant Cyberattack

Kommersant's web site stopped functioning Monday because of online attacks, said Georgy Ivanov, head of the newspaper's legal service.

The attacks began Saturday and are "quite strong," Ivanov said. The attacks are based on "false requests for information that are sent to the web site and most often are initiated from computers containing a virus." (Bloomberg)

Dovgy Gets Jury Trial

A jury trial will consider the case of former senior Investigative Committee official Dmitry Dovgy starting next month, the Moscow City Court said Monday.

Jury selection will begin on April 15, court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said, Interfax reported.

At a preliminary hearing on Monday, the court rejected a defense request to release Dovgy and his former deputy Andrei Sagura from custody, Usachyova said. Dovgy is accused of bribery and abuse of office. His lawyers say he is innocent and have called the charges an act of revenge by former colleagues. (MT)

Convictions Grew Last Year

Russia's courts convicted 941,933 people last year while just 10,027 were acquitted, the Supreme Court's court department said.

The number of convictions grew from 935,090 in 2007, while acquittals fell 2 percent, from 10,204, the department said on its web site.

The number of people who received prison sentences inched up 1 percent to about 316,000.

The statistics also show that the number of cases heard by jury trials in first instance was down by 11.4 percent to 535, from 605 in 2007. (MT)

650 Football Fans Detained

Moscow police detained more than 650 football fans late Sunday after violence broke out between fans at one of the opening games of the new season.

The majority of those arrested were supporters of UEFA Cup holders Zenit St. Petersburg, which drew 1-1 to Spartak Moscow. (Reuters)

War Games Start

Russia and Western European countries began rival war games Monday, less than two weeks after NATO ended a seven-month freeze on relations with the Kremlin.

Russia deployed more than 5,000 troops in land and air exercises in the Kemerovo region, while NATO-member Norway hosted 7,000 soldiers from 12 countries in an exercise simulating an invasion to control Arctic oil fields. (Bloomberg)

For the Record

Ingush prosecutors have ordered a new investigation into how opposition journalist Magomed Yevloyev was shot in the head and killed while in police custody, a lawyer for his family said Monday. (Reuters)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he would allow Russian planes to use his nation's La Orchila's airfield on long-range flights. (Reuters)

The EU agreed Monday to extend a visa ban reprieve for Belarussian leaders for nine months. (Reuters)