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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Navy Missile Move an Error

The military made a rare admission Sunday that it had violated Ukrainian law by trying to transport cruise missiles outside its Black Sea naval base of Sevastopol, RIA-Novosti reported.

“There were violations of basic agreements on basing the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol,” Navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said, RIA-Novosti reported.

“We believe those were serious violations,” he said. “Those responsible will be punished, quite heavily.”

Vysotsky, in Sevastopol to mark the annual Navy Day holiday, said the paperwork dealing with the convoy had not been not done properly. (Reuters)

At Least 5 Killed in Grozny

GROZNY — At least five people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd next to a concert hall in Grozny, news agencies said.

“The suicide bomber triggered his explosive device when he was stopped by policemen outside the Grozny concert hall at a security checkpoint,” said a senior city official, who asked not to be identified. He was not able to say how many victims there were.

Itar-Tass quoted a senior security official in Grozny as saying four policemen who tried to stop the suicide bomber were killed on the spot and one more person died on the way to hospital. (Reuters)

Iran Crash Kills 3 Russians

Three of the 17 people who died in an airplane crash in the Iranian town of Meshkhed on Friday were Russians, RIA-Novosti reported Sunday, citing Russian diplomats in Iran.

The Il-62M liner, with 160 people on board, slid off the tarmac while landing and hit the airport fence. The Russians who died were members of the reserve crew, the report said. Thirty passengers, including one Russian national, were wounded, it said. (MT)

3 Held in $24M Check Plan

Three men were detained in Moscow after trying to cash a check for almost 17 million euros ($24 million), Interfax reported Friday, citing police.

Natives of Belarus, Dagestan and Bashkortostan showed up at a BSGV bank branch on Moscow’s central Chayanova Ulitsa on Thursday with a check for 16.8 million euros and a forged power of attorney for the check, which they claimed was issued to them by a French citizen, police said.

Police detained the men and opened a fraud investigation. (MT)

Trunov in City Duma Race

Igor Trunov, a prominent lawyer and leader of the Moscow branch of the liberal Right Cause party, said Sunday that he would run for a seat in the Moscow City Duma this fall as an independent candidate, RIA-Novosti reported.

The party decided last week not to participate in the election. The leadership of the party was split over whether to critique Mayor Yury Luzhkov or stick to a more conciliatory line. (MT)

Police to Pass on UN Offer

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that investigators would turn down an offer from a group of UN human rights experts to help investigate the killing of Memorial activist Natalya Estemirova earlier this month.

“I think everyone understands that the investigation will be based on Russian laws. And I think everyone also understands that such high-profile murders will be investigated under the close watch of the government’s leaders,” he said, Interfax reported. (MT)

Court Allows Bobylev Arrest

Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court on Friday sanctioned the arrest of Sergei Bobylev, a co-owner of Sunrise, one of Russia’s largest computer retail chains.

Bobylev, detained on Tuesday, is accused of siphoning off assets from his companies while neglecting loans of millions of dollars to his creditors.

Sunrise officials maintain that the crackdown on Bobylev was backed by the family that owns the premises rented by Sunrise’s biggest store in central Moscow for not paying the rent in full. (MT)