Main news of July 5


* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in pre-trial custody was caused by criminal actions

* A Dutch parliamentary resolution on the death of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is interference in Russia’s internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said

* Several influential members of the top brass have resigned due to differences with the head of Russia’s General Staff over his implementation of military reforms, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports

* A high-ranking official in the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office attempted to commit suicide in his office, the Prosecutor General’s Office said

* Russian airliners want to remove Tu-134 aircraft from service instead of equipping them with new safety systems, a Russian deputy transport minister said

* Fire fighters have extinguished 78 wildfires that hit an area of 1,459 hectares (3,605 acres) in Russia’s Far East, according to the Federal Forest Service, Rosleskhoz



* The French Foreign Ministry declined to comment on a Russian media report that Paris was ready to provide security guarantees to Col. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and his family if he steps down

* The visiting NATO-Russia Council in Sochi on July 4 (the third in the entire history of our postwar relations with the bloc) decided once again to postpone the discussion of American missile defense in Europe

* The Palestinian Authority will hail any decision by the Mideast Quartet that would help resume Israeli-Palestinian talks, the head of the Fatah delegation visiting Moscow, Nabil Shaath, said

* Israel froze its decision to hand over bodies of dozens of militants to the Palestinian Authority, which was announced on Monday, local media reported

* NATO wants the United Nations to play the leading role into Libya’s transition to democracy once leader Muammar Gaddafi steps down, the military alliance’s secretary general said

* The teenage son of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has broken the world record for the fastest typing on an iPad, local TV company Imedi said



*Political risks and accounting difficulties are behind Russia’s largest banking bailout of 400 billion rubles ($14.39 billion) for the country’s fifth largest bank, Bank of Moscow, the necessity to save which was revealed after a recent takeover, analysts said

* Mechel Mining, an ore mining subsidiary of Russia’s leading metals company Mechel, plans to hold an Initial Public Offering this fall on the London Stock Exchange and is choosing lead managers, a banking source said

*EMAlliance, one of Russia’s largest power machine-building companies, does not rule out floating shares in an initial public offering this year, Deputy President Dmitry Tarasov told reporters


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