Man stabs eight people in northeast Moscow

Police detained a man who stabbed eight people in northeast Moscow on Friday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

“The number of victims has increased to eight. All of them have been taken to hospitals in Moscow,” the spokesman said.

In addition to the stabbing victims, one five-year-old boy received medical treatment for shock after witnessing the attack.

One severely wounded women was taken to clinical hospital #20 in northeast Moscow. Hospital authorities there declined to comment on her condition.



Only survivor of Russia ice hockey plane crash released from hospital

The only survivor of the plane crash that killed virtually the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team was released from hospital on Friday, hospital staff said.

Crew member Alexander Sizov spent more than 7 weeks in a Moscow hospital after last month’s tragedy.

Lokomotiv’s chartered Yak-42 crashed just after takeoff on September 7 as the team was heading to Minsk for their season opener against Dinamo Minsk. Forty-three people were killed, including a slew of former NHL stars and future draft prospects. The only surviving team member – Alexander Galimov – died in hospital five days later.

Sizov, who received multiple fractures, head injuries and burns to 15 percent of his body, was moved to Moscow from Yaroslavl the next day after the crash. A week later, doctors said Sizov’s condition had stabilized.

In early October, Sizov underwent plastic surgery on his face and neck. His condition was described as satisfactory.

In an interview with Channel One television in mid-October, he said he was planning to continue work in the aviation industry, but might not fly anymore.

Lokomotiv begin building new squad

Egor Yakovlev has become the first new player signed by the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, whose main squad members were killed in a plane crash in September.

­The 20-year-old, whose registration belonged to Ak Bars Kazan, was added to Loko’s roster under number 44 on Friday.

On their official website, the Yaroslavl team have thanked Ak Bars for their understanding of the club’s difficult situation during the negotiations of the move.

Yakovlev has been playing for Neftyanik Almetyevsk in Russia’s second-strongest league, the VHL, collecting five points in 15 games this season.

The youngster has already made his KHL debut with Ak Bars last year in a game against Kazakh side Barys.

Lokomotiv plan to return to the KHL in the 2012/13 championship. But for now the Railway Men will play just 22 games in the VHL – one against each team – and their participation in the play-offs will be determined based on the percentage of points earned by the team.   

A Yak-42 aircraft, carrying the players, coaches and Lokomotiv team personnel, crashed immediately after take-off from Tunoshna Airport in the Yaroslavl Region on September 7.

Thirty-six team members were killed instantly, while the only player to survive the crash – 26-year-old Aleksandr Galimov – passed away later in a Moscow hospital.

Russian Opposition Activist Released After Hunger Strike

MOSCOW — A Russian opposition activist who went on hunger strike after being sentenced to 10 days’ administrative detention was released early on October 20 after his health deteriorated, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

Sergei Udaltsov, a coordinator for the opposition movement Left Front, was sentenced on October 13 after being found guilty of resisting police.

He told RFE/RL after the verdict was pronounced that he considered it unjust and would therefore start a “dry hunger strike,” meaning he would not eat or drink.

Udaltsov’s health deteriorated this week and he was taken to a Moscow hospital for treatment. Doctors then released him to recuperate at home.

Udaltsov told RFE/RL he felt normal and his health had “stabilized” after the hospital treatment. He said he was very surprised to have been released three days early.

Udaltsov was one of the organizers of the opposition Day of Wrath protest in Moscow on October 12.

He was arrested that day after he and other Day of Wrath participants tried to march to the president’s office to submit their written demands to the presidential chief of staff.

The Moscow authorities gave permission for the Day of Wrath, but only as a gathering, not as a march, which is why police intervened and arrested several activists.

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Russia to continue policy of full support for Abkhazia – Medvedev

Russia intends to continue its policy of full support for Abkhazia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

“Russia will continue to give full support to the fraternal people of Abkhazia,” Medvedev said during talks with his Abkhaz counterpart Alexander Ankvab.

Medvedev noted that they discussed economic cooperation issues during the talks.

“It is important that trade becomes more balanced,” Medvedev added.

Medvedev said the Russian-Abkhazian legal base currently consists of more than 60 documents at various levels and over 30 more are being negotiated.

This is Ankvab’s first visit to Moscow as president. Ankvab took office on September 26 after winning the Abkhazian presidential election on August 26. Sergei Bagapsh, who headed the republic since 2005, died on May 29 after undergoing lung surgery at a Moscow hospital.


New Abkhazian President makes first official visit to Moscow

Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab began his first visit to Moscow as elected president on Wednesday.

Ankvab will hold talks Thursday with President Dmitry Medvedev on issues including Russian aid to Sukhumi, and property rights for Russian residents in the Caucasian republic, according to a Kremlin source.

Ankvab took office on September 26 after winning the Abkhazian presidential election on August 26. Sergei Bagapsh, who headed the republic since 2005, died in a Moscow hospital on May 29 after a complicated operation on his lungs.


Lokomotiv must be revived – Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev says the Russian state will do everything to help Lokomotiv Yaroslavl return to high-level hockey after their main squad was lost in a fatal plane crash last week.

­The Russian president has held a meeting with the Lokomotiv administration and officials from the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) to discuss the future of what was one of the leading teams in Russian hockey.

“The purpose of our meeting, as I see it, is to determine how to support the families and relatives of those who died and fulfill all obligations arising from the law and the contracts that were signed, which, of course, has to be done faithfully and in the terms provided by the relevant contracts and legislation,” Medvedev said.

The leader of the Russian Federation stressed that “we need to think about how to revive the club,” but this has to be done “tactfully and effectively, at the same time.”

“For my part I would say that it’s very tough tragedy, and in such circumstances, the state will do everything to support the club, maintain the traditions that have evolved here over the last years, which created such a brilliant team, of whom it’s very painful to speak in past tense,” the president concluded.

Lokomotiv administration has already announced that it will be missing this year’s KHL season, but plan to field a new team for the 2012/13 championship.  

The Yak-42 aircraft, carrying the players, coaches and Lokomotiv team’s personnel, crashed immediately after takeoff from Tunoshna Airport in the Yaroslavl Region on September 7.

Thirty-six team members were killed instantly, while the only player to survive the crash – 26-year-old Aleksandr Galimov – passed away in a Moscow hospital on Monday, September 12.

Hockey player crash survivor dies

Russia‘s Lokomotiv hockey player, Alexander Galimov, who was severely injured in a plane crash on September 7, died on Monday in a Moscow hospital, RIA Novosti quoted the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery as saying in a statement.

“On September 12, in the morning, despite continuing therapy using all possible contemporary treatments, Alexander Galimov died from severe burns in the burn center of the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery,” the statement said.

Galimov, who had suffered burns to 80% of his body, was sent to Moscow Institute of Surgery on Thursday together with another survivor, a member of the crew, Alexander Sizov.

Forty-five people died on Wednesday afternoon when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice-hockey team crashed during take-off near Yaroslavl, some 300 kilometers from Moscow.