ITAR-TASS Russia, CIS news summary for Saturday, July 30 (1).

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LJUBLJANA— Slovenia suggests setting up a special body to develop energy cooperation between Russia and Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA— Slovenia supports Russia-NATO interaction in the interests of peace and security in Europe, Slovenian Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

ASHGABAD— Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov suggested setting up financial police to fight corruption in Turkmenistan. The presidential proposal came in the wake of an open trial held on Thursday over a group of executives of the Turkmen Central Bank who extorted money from customers.

KAZAN, Tatarstan— Kazan will host the first charitable golf tournament for the Cup of the president of Tatarstan this summer. Twelve teams representing Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan will participate in competitions on August 19-21.

KALININGRAD— Festivities devoted to Russia’s Navy Day will start in Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost region on the Baltic Sea, on Sunday. The holiday is traditionally marked on the last Sunday in July.

KRASNOYARSK— All forest fires in Siberia have been extinguished, a spokesman for the Siberian regional emergencies centre told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

MOSCOW— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decreed to rotate the managing board of the Russky Mir (Russian World) Foundation, a government-sponsored institution set up to promote the study of the Russian language worldwide, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday.

WASHINGTON—— Deputy Director General of Russia’s state nuclear concern Rosatom Vyacheslav Pershukov will travel to the United States on August 8 through 17 for meetings at the U.S. Department of Energy, several national laboratories, and universities,

VLADIKAVKAZ— A woman, who received burns and injuries in a household gas explosion in later June in Vladikavkaz, Russia’s North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, has died at a Moscow-based clinic, a spokesman for the North Ossetian mission in Moscow told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

DONETSK— The death toll from the two recent accidents at coalmines in Ukraine has reached 24, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry said on Saturday.

KRASNODAR— A special commission has been set up in Russia’s southern Krasnodar territory to handle the situation around the Continent airlines, which announced bankruptcy and cancelled all flights on Friday leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at airports of the cities of Anapa, Sochi, Gelendzhik, and Krasnodar, a spokesman for the territorial transport and communications department told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

KHABAROVSK— Russia’s Far Eastern regions are lacking money to finance fire fighting operation, Viktor Ishayev, the presidential envoy in the Far Eastern federal district, said on Saturday commenting on the wildfire situation.

KRASNODAR— The Continent airlines, which announced bankruptcy and cancelled all flights on Friday, has sold tickets to its flights up to October to a total amount of 228 million roubles, the region’s deputy governor Vadim Lukoyanov, who heads a special commission set up to handle this situation, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

YEKATERINBURG— Direct air flights will be resumed between Russia’s Urals city of Yekaterinburg and the Georgian capital Tbilisi from August 24, after a many years’ break, the press service of the Urals Airlines said on Friday.

VLADIVOSTOK— A group of 480 Russian children vacationing at the Ocean summer camp near the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Saturday set off for a ten-day visit to China.

MOSCOW— Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has cancelled his trip to Kronshtadt and Diveyevo scheduled for July 31-August 1 because of his illness, the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church said on Saturday.


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