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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Ex-Boxer Is ‘Illegal Builder’

Migration officials detained a former Congolese boxing champion who was working illegally at a construction site in the Moscow region, RIA-Novosti reported Friday.

The 38-year-old man, who was not identified, was detained with a group of 75 illegal immigrants during a raid of a cottage community in the Moscow region, the report said.

The man, who has a wife and child in Siberia, has held a variety of jobs during his 17 years in Russia, including acting in the Russian action film “Shadowboxing 2,” but he turned to construction labor amid the economic downturn. He faces a fine of up to 5,000 rubles. (MT)


2 Injured in Dorm Blaze

Two female students were hospitalized with multiple injuries Sunday after jumping out of a sixth-floor dormitory window to escape a fire in northeastern Moscow, RIA-Novosti reported.

The fire at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering dormitory on Yaroslavskoye Shosse broke out in a room at around 3:00 a.m.

“Two young women, trying to save themselves, jumped out of a sixth-floor window and broke several bones,” Emergency Situations Ministry official Yevgeny Bobylev told RIA-Novosti.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established. (MT)


NATO Hails Positive Signals

ANKARA, Turkey — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has made boosting ties with Russia a top priority, said Friday that there were already “positive signals” in relations between the alliance and Moscow.

“We have differences in a number of areas. Georgia is one of them, but they should not overshadow the fact that we have common security threats,” Rasmussen told a small group of foreign media during a visit to Turkey.

NATO and Russia resumed formal cooperation on broad security threats in June, after ties were frozen as a result of Russia’s military intervention in Georgia last August.

Rasmussen, who took over the helm of the alliance this month, said NATO and Russia must work together on areas like terrorism, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and sea piracy. (Reuters)


Su-27 Crash Kills 2 at Show

Two Belarussian air force pilots were killed Sunday when their Su-27 fighter plane crashed during an aerial acrobatics display at an air show in Radom, Poland, police said.

“The two pilots did not manage to catapult to safety and were killed in the crash, but there were no other casualties,” police spokeswoman Agnieszka Humelusz said.

Polish television showed the plane making three aerial revolutions and then leveling off as if about to land far from the spectators. It then disappeared from sight beyond a line of trees and exploded, sending up billows of thick, black smoke.

Two Su-27 jets collided in midair while practicing for an aerial acrobatics display ahead of the MAKS air show in the Moscow region on Aug. 16. One pilot died. (Reuters, MT)


Wallenberg’s Brother Dies

GENEVA — Guy von Dardel, a particle physicist who sought for years to find his half-brother Raoul Wallenberg in Soviet imprisonment, died Friday at his home in Geneva. He was 90.

Von Dardel never accepted Soviet authorities’ claims that Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who is credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II, died in a Soviet prison in 1947, two years after the Soviets arrested him in Budapest on spying charges.

Von Dardel’s wife, Mathilda, said von Dardel died after an illness. (AP)