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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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One Dead in Market Blaze

One person died and as many as 20 others were injured Wednesday when a ruptured power cable fell onto an Ingush market, causing several blasts.

A high-voltage line hit a store and nearby car, causing several explosions and starting a large fire in the central market in Nazran, a source in the local Interior Ministry said. He said at least one person had been killed.

“One of the power lines somehow became unhinged and fell on the roof of the market,” said Ruslan, a 40-year-old shop owner in the market. RIA-Novosti quoted local investigators as saying more than 20 people had been injured.

It was not immediately clear why the power cable fell. (Reuters)

Izmestyev Pleads Not Guilty

Former Bashkortostan Senator Igor Izmestyev on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism and attempting to kill Ural Rakhimov, the son of the republic’s president, a Moscow City Court spokeswoman told Interfax.

He and 12 co-defendants are accused of forming a criminal group that killed a dozen people, plotted to kill several others and carried out other criminal offenses including bribery and banditry. Izmestyev has linked the case to his refusal to sell a mansion near Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s residence.

One of the defendants, Alexander Ivanov, entered a guilty plea, while five others admitted to some of the charges, spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said.

The next hearing will be Tuesday, she said. (MT)

Spain Refuses Extradition

Spanish authorities have refused to extradite Antonio Valdes Garcia, whom the Prosecutor General’s Office has sought in connection with the case against former Yukos officials, reported Wednesday.

The Spanish government said Valdes Garcia could face harsh treatment from law enforcement officers there, which he has accused them of in the past, the agency said.

Valdes Garcia, a Russian-born Spanish national, is the former head of Fargoil, a former Yukos oil-trading subsidiary that plays a central role in the second trial against Khodorkovsky, which is currently under way at Moscow’s Khamovnichesky District Court. (MT)