Main News of January 18


* Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now an official suspect in the 1996 killing of Ukrainian businessman and lawmaker Yevhen Shcherban, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said. She faces life in prison.

* The United States officially recognized the Somali government in Mogadishu after more than two decades

* The United States government disagrees with a federal court’s decision to impose a $50,000-a-day fine on Russia for failing to comply with an earlier order to hand over religious texts to a New York-based Orthodox Jewish group, a US State Department spokeswoman said

* Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev denied the country’s plans to abandon the Cyrillic script in favor of the Latin alphabet by 2025 are “politically motivated”



* Russia confirmed the existence of its “Guantanamo List,” which it said was a retaliatory measure for the US Congress’ passage of the Magnitsky Act

* Final charges in a grand embezzlement case have been brought against Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, the Investigative Committee said

* Investigators opened a new criminal case against opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev and denied media reports of his disappearance

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