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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Feral Girl's Father Found

The father of a 5-year-old feral girl who was locked in a filthy apartment and "raised" by cats and dogs in Chita was located and questioned by police Thursday, RIA-Novosti reported.

The unidentified 27-year-old man was briefly questioned and then released as investigators consider filing child neglect charges, which carry up to three years in prison, the report said.

His daughter, Natasha, was discovered Wednesday living "like an animal" in the apartment she shares with her father and other relatives, the Interior Ministry said. She has been placed in state custody.(MT)

Missile Smugglers Busted

More than 10 people have been arrested for trying to smuggle 20 tons of missile parts, including classified components for the S-300 air-defense system, the Federal Customs Service said Thursday.

The smuggling ring, comprising former and active servicemen, was attempting to export the parts to Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, it said.

The suspects operated under the cover of top officers at the Sixth Air Force and Air Defense Army, it said.

Their detention is the latest in a series of similar cases uncovered by the Northwestern branch of customs.(Bloomberg)