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Main News of April 24
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
Ex-Narcotics Official Detained on Suspicion of Dealing
A former head of a Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Moscow department has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the drug trade, the Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.
Russian Plane Evacuates 104 From Syria
More than 100 people left Syria on Wednesday aboard an airplane provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, a ministry spokeswoman said.
Russia Massacre Suspect Protests Innocence
A suspect in the massacre of six people in the southwestern Russian city of Belgorod who was captured by police on Tuesday said he was innocent and refused to give a statement to investigators, the Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.
Russian Space Freighter Heads to ISS Despite Antenna Glitch
The unmanned Russian Progress-M19M cargo spacecraft is continuing its journey to the International Space Station (ISS) despite its failure to deploy one of its navigation antennas, Russia’s Mission Control said on Wednesday.
Duma Bans Overseas Accounts for Public Officials
The lower house of the Russian parliament passed a bill in its third and final reading on Wednesday banning public officials, lawmakers and judges from having foreign bank accounts or holding stocks or bonds abroad.
Two Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan
Police in central Dagestan killed two suspected militants on Wednesday, including a former student of a university in Cairo, Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said.
Russian Plane Maker to Develop New Pilot Trainer
The Nizhny Novgorod-based Sokol aircraft manufacturer said on Wednesday it will develop a light aircraft for training air force pilots.
Russia Plans to Launch First Angara Rocket in 2014
The Russian military expects the first launch of a new Angara carrier rocket to take place in 2014 after the construction of a new launch complex at the Plesetsk space center is completed, Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said Wednesday.
Former Dutch Diplomat Jailed for Spying for Russia
A Hague court has sentenced a former Dutch foreign ministry official to 12 years in jail for passing sensitive documents on NATO and the European Union to Russia.
Kremlin Foe Navalny Calls Fraud Charges ‘Political Revenge’
Alexei Navalny, the man who led mass protests against the rule of President Vladimir Putin in 2011 and 2012, told a court in the central Russian city of Kirov on Wednesday that embezzlement charges that could send him to jail for up to 10 years were the Kremlin’s “revenge” and aimed at sidelining him politically.
Russia to Spend $300 Mln on Special Forces Training
The Russian Defense Ministry will allocate 10 billion rubles (about $300 million) to training programs for special forces, Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the Airborne Assault Forces (VDV), said on Wednesday.
No Silly Slogans Please, Urges Siberian Trade Union Official
A trade union official in east Siberia said on Wednesday that demonstrators at a planned May 1 march should turn up with “appropriate” banners and placards.
Rights Crackdown ‘Unprecedented’ in Post-Soviet Russia – NGO
The year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency for a third term has seen the Russian authorities introduce a string of restrictions putting the strongest pressure on civil society in the past two decades, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.
Boston Suspects’ Russian Parents to Visit US
The Russian parents of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have agreed to visit the United States to assist in the ongoing investigation into the crime, a police source said on Wednesday.
Russia Launches Freighter Rocket to Space Station
A Soyuz-U rocket carrying a Progress M-19M cargo spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.
Ingushetia Approves End to Governor Polls in First Reading
Lawmakers in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia approved in its first reading on Wednesday a draft law that would allow the province to opt out of direct elections for governors.
Russia’s Smoking Ban to Save 200,000 Lives a Year - Medvedev
New legislation banning smoking in public places could save up to 200,000 lives annually in Russia, which has some of the highest rates of smoking in the world, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
Russian Officials Inspect Independent Pollster
Russian officials on Wednesday visited the offices of the Levada Center pollster in Moscow for an inspection, in what critics claim is part of an ongoing state crackdown on the activities of non-governmental organizations in Russia.
US Team to Question Boston Suspects’ Parents in Dagestan
The US Embassy in Moscow has sent a team to Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan to speak to the parents of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, an embassy spokesman said on Wednesday.
NYPD Cancels Christmas Parties Over Police Brutality Protests: Reports
Donetsk Stance on Prisoner Swap, Easing Economic Blockade Remains Unchanged
Minsk Group to Hold Skype Conference on Ukraine Friday: Donetsk Official
Over 3,700 Fukushima Evacuees Yet to Claim Compensation: TEPCO
New EU Sanctions Against Crimea Exclude Contracts Signed Before Decemer 20
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