February 20, 2008 |
Yevgeny Adamov, the former atomic energy minister whom Washington accused of stealing millions in U.S. government funds, was found guilty of fraud and abuse of office. Yekaterina Novozhilova, assistant to the chief judge at a Moscow District Court, said sentencing was expected today. The judge said Adamov and two codefendants stole 62% of the shares in a Russian-U.S. uranium venture and pocketed $31 million, according to the Interfax news agency.
February 13, 2012 |
A woman set herself on fire Sunday in front of the Moscow White House, the formal seat of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. The woman, identified as Vera Smolina, a 56-year-old Nizhny Tagil resident, doused herself with gasoline and lighted a match in front of one of the entrances to the building. Security guards quickly put out the fire, and Smolina was hospitalized with serious burns, Russian news reports said. "She made no demands before attempting self-immolation," a security source told the Interfax news agency.
February 13, 1996 |
Two assailants shot and wounded lawmaker Alexander Vengerovsky, right-hand man to ultranationalist leader Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, on Monday night as he was walking his dog. Vengerovsky was attacked near his home in downtown Moscow, said Viktor Cheryomukhin, a spokesman for parliament's lower house. Police declined to provide details of the shooting. But the Interfax news agency quoted Vengerovsky's wife as saying the lawmaker was hospitalized with a leg wound.
July 12, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden, the self-professed leaker of classified National Security Agency documents that revealed secret U.S. government phone and Internet surveillance programs, has asked for a meeting with lawyers and human rights activists, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Friday. Snowden, a fugitive from U.S. authorities, is apparently still holed up in the transit zone at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, an airport official said, according to Interfax. The former national security consultant arrived at the airport on June 23 after a period in hiding in Hong Kong.
April 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Reports that two young Chechens were suspects in the deadly explosions this week in Boston were met Friday with anger, denial and surprise by their father and officials from Chechnya and the neighboring Dagestan in southern Russia. Anzor Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and the father of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, refused to believe his sons had anything to do with the terror attack. Boston authorities have reported that Tamerlan, 26, was slain in an overnight gun battle with police and Dzhokhar, 19, remains on the run. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack “I will never believe my boys could have done such a terrible thing,” he said in a telephone interview from Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan region.
October 12, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.