ITAR-TASS Russia and CIS news summary for Saturday, July 9 (2).

10/7 Tass A2

TBILISI— One of the four photo reporters, who were detained on Thursday in Georgia on espionage charges, has been released, local media reported on Saturday.

MOSCOW— One coalminer died in a rock breakage at a coal mine in the Kemerovo region, a spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

TBILISI— Georgia’s mass media are voicing solidarity with the photo reporters who have been detained on espionage charges. The Tbilisi-based Akhali Taoba daily said in its Saturday issues that Georgian authorities “have launched a campaign to dismay journalists.”

LIPETSK— Russia’s Lipetsk region will display four Sigma light sports aircraft at the MAKS 2011 international air show that will be held in August in the town of Zhukovsky outside Moscow, a source in the regional administration told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich on his birthday, the Kremlin press service reported on Saturday.

TBILISI— Tbilisi’s City Court has sentenced three photo reporters, who were detained on July 7 on espionage charges, to two months in remand prison, the photographers’ lawyers said on Saturday.

TBILISI— Georgia’s interior ministry said on Saturday investigators have exposed that one of the three detained photo reporters, Zurab Kurtsikidze of the European Photo Press Agency, was linked to Russia’s military intelligence services.

MOSCOW— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences to President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila over a recent air crash in the country’ s eastern provinces, the Kremlin press service reported on Saturday.

BAKU— Official Baku is scrutinizing proposals of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement that have been over by visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said on Saturday.

BAKU— Azerbaijan’s Il-76 cargo plane that crashed in Afghanistan on July 6 might have been shot down by Taliban gunmen, Ilham Amirov, the head of the commission probing into the crash, told a news conference on Saturday, adding that this is the most probable reason.

MOSCOW— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday met with head of Russia’s Fishery Agency Andrei Krainy to discuss a bill on amateur fishing.

MOSCOW— Russia is ready to recognize Southern Sudan, Russian president’s African cooperation envoy Mikhail Margelov said on Saturday.

BAKU— Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said on Saturday he would pay a visit to Russia on July 17-18 at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

MOSCOW— Fish prices in Russia might be brought down by 15 percent, head of Russia’s Fisheries Agency Andrei Krainy said on Saturday at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

MOSCOW— A next regular meeting of the Russian-South Ossetian intergovernmental commission on the republic’s economic recovery will be held on July 19, the head of the press office of South Ossetia’s president and government told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

ASHGABAT— A special governmental commission that has been set up in Turkmenistan to probe into the explosions that occurred Thursday at special warehouses for pyrotechnical equipment near the town of Abadan, 20 kilometers away from Ashgabat had its first meeting on Saturday, the Vatan (Motherland) national TV program reported.

BARNAUL— A international symposium that gathered world’ s leading anthropologists, archaeologists, paleontologists and paleogeneticists ended here on Saturday. It was dedicated to a yet unknown human ancestor found at Denisova Cave, a rockshelter in the northwest Altai Mountains in southern Siberia.

MOSCOW—— Kremlin envoy Mikhail Margelov delivered Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s message to South Sudan’ s leader Salva Kiir in connection with the recognition of the young African state.

VALAAM—— Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed hope that the Valaam Monastery would revive and bring Orthodoxy to people.

MOSCOW— President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on his birthday on Saturday, July 9.

MOSCOW—— Russia is ready to participate actively in economic cooperation with South Sudan, President Dmitry Medvedev said in his congratulatory message to that African country’s leader Salva Kiir on Saturday, July 9.

MOSCOW—— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin demanded that contracts be severed with the contractors that build bad roads in the city.

He inspected the quality of road construction in the northwest of Moscow on Saturday, July 9.

MOSCOW—— More than 190,500 police officers have passed recertification, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said on Saturday, July 9.

YEREVAN—— Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said his country would do everything it can to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh issue peacefully.

SOFIA—— A Russian tourist has died at the Bulgarian Golden Sands sea resort.

MOSCOW—— Nomination of presidential candidates can begin in Russian on December 6, 2011, Central Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov said.

MOSCOW—— Central Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov invited football fans to be more active in monitoring elections in Russia.

MOSCOW—— A dwelling house partly collapsed in Yakutsk. No one was hurt, the press service of the Far Eastern regional centre of the Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass on Saturday, July 9.


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