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Russian pilot due to be tried in US on March 7th

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Russian pilot due to be tried in US on March 7th
Dec 17, 2010 09:35 Moscow Time

The judge of the Southern District of New York has decided that the trial of a Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko on charges of drug smuggling is due to get under way on March 7th next year. Another four people who are not Russian nationals are also due to appear before court. All suspects were detained by US special service agents in Liberia in June this year and secretly flown in to the Untied States. The Russian Foreign Ministry, which was not notified of the arrest of a Russian pilot, said in a statement that this was in breach of international law and filed a protest. Yaroshenko’s lawyers claim that his prosecution in the United States is illegal for the absence of a corpus delicti on US territory. 

5 Russians of Phu Hai 1 tuna boat crew end hunger strike
Dec 17, 2010 09:23 Moscow Time

Five Russian nationals, - members of the Phu Hai 1 tuna boat crew – are ending their hunger strike that they have been on since Monday due to wage arrears. This came in a statement by the ship captain Alexander Onufriyenko. The Phu Hai 1 tuna boat is at the Vung Tau seaport in Vietnam. The ship owner is the Antel Investment Limited Company. According to the crew, the company management defaults on obligations under contracts and has paid no wages to the crew in the past 18 months. The debt has since reached 143,000 dollars. According to Onufriyenko, the ship-owner says they will start clearing off the debt as of December 30th.   

Russian Federation Council hosts anti-Nazi conference
Dec 17, 2010 09:42 Moscow Time

The Federation Council of Russia is holding an international conference today to mark the 65th anniversary since the end of the WW II in Europe and the 65th anniversary since the start of the Nuremberg Trials.

The conference headed by the chairman of the Federation Council Sergei Mironov brings together the Russian Foreign Ministry officials, as well as members of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Popov To Meet With Moscow City Mayor Sobianin In Kyiv On Friday

(10:34, Friday, December 17, 2010)

Chairman of the Kyiv city state administration Oleksandr Popov intends to meet with Moscow city mayor Sergey Sobianin in Kyiv on Friday, December 17, a well-informed source told the Ukrainian News agency.

The meeting will be held at the building of the Kyiv city state administration.

The source did not disclose other details.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, with his decrees of November 15, President Viktor Yanukovych dismissed Leonid Chernovetskyi as Kyiv city mayor-chairman of the Kyiv city state administration and appointed Oleksandr Popov.
Russia asks for extradition of 2 Kushchevskaya suspects in Ukraine

17.12.2010, 10.08

MOSCOW, December 17 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office sent an extradition request to Ukraine for two suspected killers of 12 people in the Kuban settlement of Kushchevskaya, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office Marina Gridneva told Itar-Tass on Friday.

17 December 2010, 10:29

Russia's Muslim authority condemns mufti's murder

Ufa, December 17, Interfax - Central Spiritual Muslim Board condemned Wednesday's assassination of Anas Pshikhachev, mufti of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic in the Russian North Caucasus and slammed "extremism and terrorism."

"We urge all our faithful brothers and sisters, all the traditional religious communities of Russia, all our fellow-citizens and people of goodwill to resolutely rebuff extremism and terrorism regardless of what clothes they wear," the administration said in a statement.

The administration branded Pshikhachev's murderers as "irreconcilable, bitter enemies not only of the Muslims but also of our entire multiethnic and multireligious society [who] have once again tried to sow discord between our peoples and set members of different religious communities against each other." Pshikhachev, who was chairman of Kabardino-Balkaria's Muslim Spiritual Administration, was killed in the republic's capital, Nalchik.

In Dagestan, a policeman in a quarrel wounded three people from the weapons, one of the victims died

17.12.2010, 09.05
MAKHACHKALA, December 17. Itar-Tass. In Dagestan, a policeman in a quarrel wounded three people from the service weapon, one of the victims died. Itar-Tass reported law enforcement agencies.
"Last night in the village Hushet Leninsky district of Makhachkala police lieutenant, while visiting his friend, during a quarrel shot from a Makarov pistol three people. The injured were hospitalized, one of them died in the hospital, " - said the source.
Then a police officer at gunpoint a local resident, stole his "Lada" and disappeared. "While the police officer failed to arrest, taken to its search for", - stressed in law enforcement.

Minor train blast in Dagestan
Dec 17, 2010 02:11 Moscow Time

An explosive device went off ahead of a freight train in Dagestan on Thursday evening hurting no one, media reports say citing local police officials.

The authorities are investigating.

December 17, 2010 12:16

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