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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Advertising Official Charged

Vladimir Makarov, head of the Moscow Advertising Committee suspected of improperly offering more than $4 million in discounts to private companies, was officially charged Friday with abuse of office, Itar-Tass reported.

If convicted, Makarov faces up to 10 years in prison. (MT)

MAKS Crash Victim Dies

A woman who suffered severe burns when her Moscow region house was struck by debris from the midair collision of two Su-27 fighters has died in the hospital, RIA-Novosti reported.

Olga Yudina, 51, who had burns over more than 80 percent of her body, died Friday without regaining consciousness from the Aug. 16 accident, her doctor told RIA-Novosti.

Four people were injured when the jets, which were practicing for the MAKS air show, fell onto their dachas near the Zhukovsky airfield, east of Moscow. A pilot died in the crash. (MT)

Olympic Official Dies

Robert Stiles, vice president of the Sochi Olympic Committee responsible for games services and management, died Friday, the committee said.

The 60-year-old died at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, after suffering a heart attack, a Russian source told The Moscow Times. Stiles had worked in international sports management since the 1984 Olympic Games and was a primary consultant on the Sochi Olympic bid.

The Sochi committee has not selected a replacement yet. (MT)

Lukashenko to Fly to Sochi

MINSK — Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said he hopes to smooth over problems with Russia at talks this week with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Lukashenko said he and Medvedev would “discuss an entire range of issues that remain outstanding” during a meeting in Sochi. (Reuters)

For the Record

  • The Kremlin said after Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin met Friday with President Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi that it was waiting for Moldova to form a government before resuming talks on key issues, including $500 million in loans. (Reuters)
  • A Khanty-Mansiisk oil reservoir was set ablaze by lightning Saturday night, killing one firefighter and leaving two others missing. (Reuters)