* The United States formally charged two 19-year-old students from Kazakhstan with obstruction of justice over their alleged efforts to impede the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing in April, officials announced.
* US federal authorities have denied an aquarium in Georgia permission to import 18 Beluga whales that were captured in Russia, according to a letter from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
* Deputies from Russia’s State Duma and senior officials could be questioned by investigators looking into a decade-old case against jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, sparking renewed fears that fresh charges against the once powerful businessman are imminent, Vedomosti newspaper reported.
* The funeral of Pavel Adelgeim, the Orthodox priest stabbed to death in the northwest Russian city of Pskov earlier this week, took place in the presence of about 1,000 mourners at the Church of the Myrrh Bearers, where he served for the last decades of his life.
* A Moscow court extended until October 18 the pretrial detention of Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, accused of having organized an acid attack on the ballet's artistic director, Sergei Filin, the RAPSI legal news service reported from the courtroom.
* A Moscow court ordered former Rosbank CEO Vladimir Golubkov, accused of accepting a $160,000 bribe, to be transferred from house arrest to a pretrial detention center until October 16, his lawyer said.
* The head of a subsidiary of state-run hydroelectric power holding company RusHydro has been detained on suspicion of embezzling over 800 million rubles ($24.2 million), the Russian Interior Ministry said.
* IAAF president Lamine Diack said that Russia’s controversial legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors "has to be respected" but will have no impact on the upcoming world athletics championships in Moscow.
* Russian national football team captain Igor Denisov has agreed to sign a four-year contract with Dynamo Moscow, becoming the first player to leave the newly frugal Anzhi Makhachkala, a source at Dynamo told R-Sport.