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VELSK /Arkhangelsk region/— Velsk district prosecutor Sergei Semyonov objected to granting parole to former MENATEP director Platon Lebedev.
MOSCOW— Velsk district prosecutor Sergei Semyonov objected to granting parole to former MENATEP director Platon Lebedev. Lebedev was sentenced to 13 years for theft of oil and laundering the proceeds. The Velsk prison administration is opposed to his parole, too.
MOSCOW – A court in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region has turned down a petition by former financier Platon Lebedev for an early parole. Lebedev, whose jail term ends in 2016, will have an opportunity to file the next petition for a release on parole in six months time.
DUSHANBE – More than 15,000 convicts will be released from jails in Tajikistan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since this country’s independence, says a bill on amnesty that President Emomali Rakhmon submitted to the national parliament as a legislative initiative.
MOSCOW — Russian border guards and military guarantee stability in Transcaucasia, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. In an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass on Wednesday ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the tragedy in South Ossetia, Karasin said: “The situation [in the region] is alarming. But we note any stability on the borders between Abkhazia and Georgia, and South Ossetia and Georgia.”
MOSCOW — The Russian Airborne Troops are not planned to be cut, disbanded or integrated in the Ground Troops. The numerical and combat strength of the Airborne Troops remains unchanged, at least until the reforms in the Russian Armed Forces are completed, Chief of the Airborne Troops Staff and Hero of Russia Lieut. Gen. Nikolai Ignatov told reporters on Wednesday.
MOSCOW – The Yekaterinburg nuclear-powered submarine successfully test-launched a Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said “the Yekaterinburg, under command or Captain Igor Stepanenko, successfully test-launched a Sineva ICBM from the Barents Sea.”
‘VLADIVOSTOK — Wildfires have started in the forests of Sakhalin started, two fire seats have been registered: in the Poronaisky district at an area of 69 hectares and in the Smirnykhovsky district on the lands of the Ministry of Defence – 4 hectares.
MOSCOW — The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has sent an Il-76 plane to the Rostov Region to help put out wildfires there, a source from the ministry’s information department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
MOSCOW — Three people were killed and nine were injured during a fire at four apartment houses in the Volga River city of Astrakhan, sources from the regional centre of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
KRASNOYARSK— Emergency rescuers have caught a two-meter-long African crocodile in Khakassia’s lake Shira. The crocodile tore off the rope and escaped from the master, who is a local photographer, in a quite popular lake this summer.
KHABAROVSK — Thirteen wildfires engulfing an area of 3,676 hectares have been put out in Russia’s Far East over the past 24 hours. Six of these fires were in the hardest hit Yakutia, the forestry department of the Far Eastern Federal District said.
VOLGOGRAD — The wildfire in the suburbs of Volgograd has been put out, the press service of the regional emergencies ministry’s department reports. Rescuers, fire brigades of volunteers and police patrolled the area around the regional centre all night through. People evacuated from the settlement of Kamenny Buerak have returned to their homes. A lot of men returned earlier to help the firemen.
ROSTOV ON DON — About 500 people and the Il-76 plane are fighting wildfires, which have raged through in the Rostov region, the regional emergency department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. For this purpose the Emergency Situations Ministry has transferred the Il-76 plane from the Volgograd region, the emergency department said.
MOSCOW — People facing a wildfire threat have been evacuated from a hazardous zone near the settlement of Kamenny Buerak on the outskirts of Volgograd, the press service of the Southern regional center of the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
MOSCOW — Environmental situation has worsened in the Russian capital over the heat, a source in the Moscow weather forecasting service told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
SYKTYVKAR — The forest fire situation is hard, but is being kept under control in the Russian Republic of Komi, the deputy chief of the Komi emergencies department Oleg Netsky told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
NALCHIK — A criminal who fired on a police post in the suburb of Nalchik in the village of Belaya Rechka (White River) on Tuesday night has been destroyed.
NALCHIK — Deputy police chief in charge of the Uravansky district in Kabardino- Balkaria Amurbek Bitokhov, 40, has been killed on Wednesday morning, Kabardino-Balkaria’s joint information centre of the law enforcement bodies told Itar-Tass.
MOSCOW — The department of the Investigative Committee for the Orel region opened a criminal case against the director of the Savings Bank’s branch in Orel and the Orlen Grupp director general on suspicion of involvement in grand fraud.
MOSCOW — Moscow police have detained 72 illegal immigrants found in a forest camp in the west of Moscow, the press service of the head Interior department said on Wednesday.
NOVOSIBIRSK — Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in Novosibirsk stopped the operation of a group of local residents who engaged in illegal manufacturing of explosives, the press service of the regional FSB department told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
YEKATERINBURG — Investigators in the Sverdlovsk Region opened a criminal case against the security chief of the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). The suspect, in the rank of Colonel, is suspected of taking a bribe, the press service of the regional department of the Investigative Committee (SK) told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
MOSCOW — A former Blagoveshchensk investigator has been arrested for failing to take measures on the police report about a suspected pedophile, spokesman for the Investigative Committee (SK) Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
MOSCOW — The criminal case over the mass fight in the village of Sagra, Sverdlovsk Region, has been requalified to banditry and hooliganism, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
MOSCOW — The Russian Investigative Committee (SK) challenged the decision by the Amur region prosecutor, who overturned the resolution on opening a criminal case against two unidentified prosecutors for not filing a report on crime. The report came from the mother of a seven-year-old girl hurt by a suspected pedophile. “The SK appealed the resolution by the Amur region prosecutor in accordance with the procedure established by law,” SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass.