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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Lawmakers Slam OSCE

Lawmakers from the State Duma and Federation Council issued a statement Tuesday denouncing a European resolution equating the roles of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union in starting World War II.

The 385-member assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe last week called for making Aug. 23 a day of remembrance for victims of Stalinism and Nazism. That’s the day in 1939 that Germany and the Soviet Union signed a pact carving up Eastern Europe between them. World War II started about a week later.

The Russian lawmakers said the OSCE resolution was a “direct insult to the memory of millions” of Soviet soldiers who “gave their lives for the freedom of Europe from the fascist yoke.” (AP)


Blast in Grozny Injures 6

An explosive device detonated in a public square in Grozny on Tuesday, injuring six people, investgators said.

The blast appears to have been caused by a device placed in a trash can on the square, Investigative Committee official Mariam Nalayeva said.

Among those injured were two police officers. (AP)


U.S. Air Base Deal Signed

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has signed an agreement allowing the United States to continue using a key air base serving U.S. aircraft in operations in Afghanistan, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday.

“A law ratifying a U.S.-Kyrgyz inter-governmental cooperation agreement as well as an agreement regarding the logistics center was signed by Bakiyev on July 2,” the spokesman said.

Kyrgyzstan had announced in February that it was closing the base after securing pledges of $2 billion in aid and credit from Russia. But negotiations with the United States resulted in a review of the decision.(Reuters)


Romania Eyes Moldova Vote

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian President Traian Basescu said Tuesday that he hopes pro-Romanian opposition forces will prevail in Moldovan elections.

Basescu said in a meeting with foreign reporters that he wants the “democratic forces, the opposition to the current government to have better results after the election.”

Basescu’s remarks will likely irk Moldovan Communist leaders, who have already accused Romania of backing violent ant-government protests after the elections. (AP)


$510 Debt Paid in Coins

A Far East businessman showed up in court with 14 bags of coins weighing more than 15 kilograms to pay off a debt of 16,000 rubles ($510), RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday.

The unidentified resident of the Primorye region town of Partizansk had refused to pay a debt to a fellow resident until court marshals threatened to visit his office, the report said, citing court marshals. After the warning, he came to court with bags filled with coins. The money was accepted by the court, and all criminal procedures against the debtor were stopped.

It was not clear how long it took the marshals to count the coins. (MT)