Itar-Tass Russia, CIS news summary for Friday, July 8=2.

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MOSCOW — Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva on Friday congratulated the nation on the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity the introduction of which she encouraged in 2008 and offered a daisy as a symbol of the new holiday.

MOSCOW — Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has signed an order removing deputy chief of the city’s health department Sergei Volkov from the state service. Volkov is charged with power abuse. The mayor’s office reported that “Volkov was relieved of the position and dismissed from the city civil service on his own initiative.”

MOSCOW — The death rate outpaces the death rate in Moscow, for the first time in ten years, Deputy Mayor for social issues Lyudmila Shvetsova told a city administration meeting on Friday.

MOSCOW — A Moscow resident has lost 290,000 euros in an attempt to exchange money at a street office, whose address he found on the Internet, a city police source told Itar-Tass. The man handed the money to the cashier and waited for 20 minutes for the exchange to be done. He called the police when he realized that the money was stolen.

MOSCOW — Russia’s long-range aviation crews have patrolled skies over the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, Air Force spokesman, Colonel Vladimir Drik told Itar-Tass on Friday.“Two turboprop bombers Tu-95MS that had taken off from the Ukrainka air base in the Amur region successfully fulfilled their patrol tasks,” he said.

MOSCOW — The fourth reactor of the biggest Russian nuclear power plant in Balakovo on the Volga River (Saratov region), some 900 kilometers southeast of Moscow, had to be shut down overnight because of a thunderstorm that switched off two power transmission lines.

KRASNOYARSK — There are no more major fires in Siberia, 19 spots of wildfires were liquidated on Thursday at an area of about 1.5 thousand hectares, the press service of the Siberian regional emergencies centre told Itar-Tass.

YEKATERINBURG — A severe thunderstorm has left more than 40 inhabited localities in the Sverdlovsk Region without electricity. More than 30 electro-transmission lines and over 350 transformer sub-stations are cut off. For the present, 41 localities of about 19,000 people have no electricity. The storm most severely hit the Sverdlovsk Region’s south-western, eastern and south-eastern areas, the press service of the Ural inter-regional electric network operating company told Itar-Tass.

UFA — The Republic of Bashkortostan has imposed a state of emergency in nine districts due to locust spread, an official at the republican Agriculture Ministry’s locust control headquarters told Itar-Tass on Friday.

CHELYABINSK— Russians – residents of the Chelyabinsk region, who were injured in a road accident in Turkey, will be given material aid. According to a decision of the Chelyabinsk region governor Mikhail Yurevich, each of the affected families will receive 100,000 rubles, the governor’ s press service reported on Friday. The governor has taken the situation under his personal control.

MOSCOW — As many as 23 Russian tourists were hurt in a traffic accident in China, a source in the Russian Tourism Agency said on Friday. “A bus with Russian tourists was moving along a wet road when a truck cut in in front of it. The bus driver tried to elude a collision and the bus overturned,” the source said.

LONDON — Conflicting reports have been coming on the situation in the Turkmen city of Abadan (18 km from Ashgabat), warehouses with pyrotechnics exploded on Monday. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, “there have been no casualties and major destruction.”

LONDON — Residents who fled powerful explosions in the Turkmenistan town of Abadan were cautiously returning home on Friday, amid conflicting reports of what caused the mysterious blasts and how much damage they did, Reuters reports.

MOSCOW — Russian citizens were not injured in the blasts in Turkmenistan’s Abadan, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday. “According to available reports, no Russian citizens were injured in the blasts,” the source said.

ST. PETERSBURG— Two died from a lightening in St. Petersburg on Friday, a source at the city emergency situations department told Itar-Tass. “A man and a woman, who were hiding under a tree in a thunder were killed by a lightening on Vosstaniya Street at about 7:00 p.m. Moscow time,” he said.

ULYANOVSK — The railroad fire in the Ulyanovsk region has been put out, the regional emergency situations ministry said. “The fire was confined at 6:43 p.m. Moscow time and put out at 6:55 p.m. Moscow time,” the department said.

MOSCOW — Six out of seven fires in Russian nature reserves and national parks have been put out, the Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry said on Friday.

ULAN-UDE — The Russian customs in Transbaikalia seized a batch of equipment which a Chinese national tried to smuggle out into China in his car. The batch included two plunger pumps which are used in MiG-29 and Su-27 combat jets, the customs said on Friday.

TIRASPOL — Police in the breakaway Dniester region of Moldova said on Thursday it uncovered an underground network providing services to foreign pedophiles.

VLADIVOSTOK— The Leninsky district court in Vladivostok ruled on Friday to arrest the chief of the Federal Migration Service’s Primorsky regional department, Alexander Mukhin, suspected of bribe taking, the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee’s regional department told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW — The Russian Investigation Committee filed in the court for an absentia arrest of the former first deputy prosecutor in the Moscow Region Alexander Ignatenko, spokesman for the Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin said on Friday.

ULAN-UDE — Former member of the Legislative Assembly of the Trans-Baikal Territory Oleg Fyodorov has been given a suspended sentence of seven years and fined 500 thousand roubles. The ex-leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) faction was found by court guilty of “contraband by an organised group,” the press service of the territorial department of the Russian Investigative Committee (SK) told Itar-Tass on Friday.

KIEV — The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has received a request from the Russian side to search for former first deputy Moscow regional prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko wanted over the case of illegal casinos, Ukrainian police spokeswoman Viktoria Kushnir told Itar-Tass on Friday. Russia’s Interpol office has requested Ukraine through the appropriate channels to search for the citizen, she said.

TOMSK— The Kirovsky District Court of Tomsk sentenced a local resident, Sergei Zaikov, who hit regional governor Viktor Kress in the face in public in March 2010, to two years and six months in a general security penitentiary, a source in the court told Itar-Tass on Friday.

MOSCOW — Israeli specialists are ready to take active part in the development and installation of a comprehensive security system for the North Caucasian tourist cluster, Israeli police gen., ElbitSecurity Systems consultant Miki Levi told reporters on Friday.

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