ITAR-TASS Russia and CIS news summary for Tuesday, July 26 (1).

27/7 Tass A1

MOSCOW—— The Russian Investigation Committee is ready to help Norway to investigate a horrible terrorist act.

GROZNY—— Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed all deputies of the Grozny mayor and the chiefs of the departments for violations in the land and flat deals.

MINSK—— Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko issued a decree to enlarge a list of enterprises, which are obliged to sell the foreign currency to the state.

ROME—— Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and Russian Presidential Representative for Africa Mikhail Margelov, who will arrive in the Italian capital on Tuesday, will discuss the situation in Libya, spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry Maurizio Massari told Itar-Tass on Monday.

MOSCOW—— The pilots of the airliners, which were about to land at the Domodedovo airport, underwent two attempts at laser blinding overnight to Tuesday, a source in the Moscow law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday.

CHELYABINSK—— A large-scale forum devoted to the role of energy services in Russian-German partnership for modernization of Russian economy will open here on Tuesday.

MOSCOW—— Foreign adoptive parents will start paying soon the alimony to Russian children, which the latter abandoned, Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily published on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON—— Russia and the United States will hold joint nuclear security exercises in early August, the press service of the US State Department reported on Monday.

KIEV— Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill begins on Tuesday a visit to Ukraine, the main aim of which is to participate in festivities marking the Baptism of Rus Day, which has been celebrated in Kiev starting from 2008.

MOSCOW— A Japanese film festival opens on Tuesday in Moscow. The program of the festival includes three films of Takeshi Kitano and films by New Wave filmmakers.

MOSCOW— Russia has sent to Libya another batch of humanitarian aid, sources from the information department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations told Tass on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— The Bulgaria cruise ship lifted from the bottom of the Kuibyshevskoye dam lake where it sank on July 10 has been put in dock, a spokesman for the emergencies administration in the republic of Tatarstan told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

CHELYABINSK— A forum dedicated to the development of Russian-German partnership in the area of the modernization of energy facilities opened here on Tuesday.

KHABAROVSK— Over 500,000 hectares of woodland and non-forest areas have been destroyed by wildfires in Russia’ s Far East this year. This is 3.7 times more than last year.

MOSCOW— Prosecutors in Blagoveshchensk released the former investigator who had been detained for failing to place under arrest a suspected pedophile, senior aide to the director of the department of the Investigative Committee (SK) for the Amur region Alexei Lubinsky told Itar-Tass.

TEHRAN— Iran welcomes Russia’s efforts towards finding a diplomatic way to settle Iran’s nuclear problem, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a briefing in Tehran on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— Almost 185 billion roubles will be channelled within four years into Moscow’s environmental protection program, the head of Moscow’s environmental protection and nature management department said at a session of the Moscow government on Tuesday.

VELSK /Arkhangelsk region/— The Velsk district court in the Arkhangelsk region on Tuesday began to review the petition by former director of the MENATEP company Platon Lebedev, who had asked for parole.

BISHKEK—— Kyrgyzstan will not quit the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to be admitted to the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— The head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm), Alexander Radkov, has been elected new president of the Russian Tour Operators’ Association.

VELSK /Arkhangelsk region/— Former director of the MENATEP company Platon Lebedev, sentenced to 13 years for theft of oil and money laundering, will be invited to work as economic observer at the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, its editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov said at the Velsk district court on Tuesday, as it began to review Lebedev’s petition for parole.

MINSK— Electricity production in Belarus deceased by 2.7 percent in the first six months of 2011 on the same period last year and totalled 16.5 billion kilowatt-hours, the National Statistics Committee said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— Gasoline price rise in 2011 may outrun that of the previous year, analyst Pavel Strokov said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— The CIS Antiterrorist Centre is surprised by USA’s decision to put Kazakhstan on the list of countries posing a terrorist threat.

MOSCOW— The Investigative Committee (SK) has finished the probe into the criminal case over the mass beating of visitors during the rock festival in Miass last August, a spokesman said.

ARKHANGELSK— An emergency regime has been imposed in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region over aggravated wildfire situation, the press office of the regional governor told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

KIEV— Moscow and Kiev are coordinating the date of holding a session of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Alexander Dikusarov told a briefing on Tuesday.

MOSCOW— A plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has delivered in Libya another batch of humanitarian aid, a source from the ministry information department told Tass.

MOSCOW— Abkhazian Prime Minister Sergei Shamba said the republic will keep its course toward a strategic union with Russia under any president.

MOSCOW— Unidentified people opened fire in southern Moscow, wounding one person, a city police officer told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW— The Defense Ministry confirmed that an officer of a military unit in the Moscow region had been detained on suspicion of child molesting.


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