ITAR-TASS Russia, CIS news summary for Saturday, July 30 (2).

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DONETSK— The death toll from an accident at the Bazhanov mine in Ukraine’s settlement of Makeyevka, Donetsk region has reached seven, as rescuers recovered one more dead body from under the debris early on Saturday, a spokesman for the Ukrainian emergencies ministry reported.

KURSK— As many as 19 persons were hurt, including one seriously, in a traffic accident near the Russian southern city of Krasnodar, a spokeswoman for the emergencies administration for the Kursk region told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

MOSCOW— The Continent airlines, which announced its bankruptcy and cancelled all flights on Friday, may sell its jet fleet to return money for unused tickets, a source in the Russian Air Transport Agency told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

NOVO-OGARYOVO— The crisis in the system of Russian educational establishments in the sphere of culture has been overcome, Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev said on Saturday.

MOSCOW— The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has launched a check over the cancellation of flights of bankrupt Continent airlines, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Saturday.

VLADIVOSTOK— About 100 passengers of the Continent airline are stranded at the Blagoveshchensk Airport in Russia’s Far East as the airline has announced its bankruptcy and cancelled all flights, the press service of the Amur region government told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

MOSCOW— A total of 11 flights scheduled for July 30 and 31 from airports in Yelemyanovo, Krasnoyarsk territory, Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo region, and Baraul, Altai territory have been cancelled after the Continent airlines announced bankruptcy, a spokeswoman for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

KIEV— Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has declared July 31 a national day of mourning for the victims of two deadly accidents at Ukrainian coalmines in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, the presidential press service reported on Saturday.

NOVO-OGARYOVO— The St. Petersburg-based Tovstonogov Drama Theatre will be completely overhauled, Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev said at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

MOSCOW— Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has sent an Ilyushin-76 jet to take part in a fire fighting operation in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region, a ministry spokesman told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

MAIKOP— A working group on the assessment of environmental risks of the project for the creation of a tourist cluster in the North Caucasus, the Krasnodar territory and the republic of Adygea held its first meeting in Maikop, the capital city of the republic of Adygea on Saturday.

MOSCOW—— Russian Post has opened a public reception office for its customers and employees who need consultation or who want to file a complaint.

TBILISI—— Twelve freight carriages derailed and overturned on the central railway road in the Mtskheta district of Georgia, 30 kilometres from Tbilisi, on Saturday, July 30.

DONETSK—— Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich ordered the government to set up a commission for investigating the latest accident at a coalmine in Makeyevka and provide aid to the families of those killed and injured.

MOSCOW—— A big forest fire has been extinguished in the southern Rostov region.

“As of 17:00 Moscow time, the fire was fully extinguished,” the press service of the Southern Regional Centre of the Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass on Saturday, July 30.

YEREVAN—— Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will attend an informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on August 12.

TULA—— The newly appointed acting governor of the Tula region, Vladimir Gruzdev, arrived in Tula on Saturday, July 30.

MOSCOW—— Sapsan high-speed trains running between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod have transported over half a million passengers in the first year of operation.

DONETSK—— The death toll in the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coalmine accident rose to 24 on Saturday, July 30, after rescuers had found the bodies of another six coalminers who died as a result of Friday’s methane explosion 915 metres under the ground.

MOSCOW—— The Russian police plan to use more working dogs in their everyday service.

TALLINN—— The anti-fascist organisation Night Watch set up a picket line on Saturday, July 30, against glorification of Nazi accomplices — the Estonian 20th Waffen-SS Division that operated during World War II.

NOVO-OGAREVO—— Russian Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev said the practice of holding the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and St. Petersburg should continue.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD—— Russian Railways Company plans to launch high-speed train service between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan by the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


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