News in Brief
Published: July 16, 2014 (Issue # 1820)
Moscow Metro Crash
MOSCOW (SPT) — At least 20 people have been killed and 129 people hospitalized after three metro cars derailed near Moscow’s Slavyansky Bulvar station Tuesday morning.
News agency Interfax earlier quoted sources within the emergency services as saying 15 people were in serious condition as a result of the crash and that two passengers have been airlifted to a hospital with spinal injuries.
The derailment took place at about 8:35 a.m. between the Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy metro stations on the city’s Blue Line, a statement on the Moscow Metro website said.
The crash is believed to have been caused by a decrease in the electric voltage running through the tracks of the metro, a spokesman for Moscow’s Emergency Situations Ministry said, Interfax reported.
In total, 200 people have been evacuated from the tunnel, Interfax quoted a representative of the Emergency Situations Ministry as telling local television broadcaster Moscow 24.
Diplomats Go to Guam
MOSCOW (SPT) — Moscow has dispatched a diplomatic mission to the U.S. territory of Guam to demand that a Russian lawmaker’s son arrested on hacking charges be transferred from jail to a hospital, diplomats said.
Suspected hacker Roman Seleznev, who has a metal plate in his head after surviving a bomb attack in Morocco in 2011, needs “constant medical observation after switching from a Russian medical drug to an American one that has a serious side effect,” Sergei Chumaryov, a diplomat at the Russian Embassy in Washington, told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Seleznev, the 30-year-old son of a State Duma lawmaker from the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, was detained earlier this month in the Maldives by the U.S. Secret Service on suspicion of being a member of a cyber gang that hacked and sold credit-card data between 2009-2011.
Seleznev faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on an array of charges that include identity theft and bank fraud.
MOSCOW (SPT) — Famed French actor Gerard Depardieu announced on Monday that he was planning to produce “bio-vodka” in Russia, an environmentally friendly version of the spirit made from spring water.
“This will be my first experience with manufacturing spirits, and I hope it will be successful,” Depardieu said during a visit to Saratov, ITAR-Tass reported. “Nevertheless, I would like to see as more people choose wine as their alcoholic beverage of choice.”
Depardieu also spoke about his plans to open an eponymous restaurant chain and launch a line of kitchen accessories in Russia.
In 2013, Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship.
Plane Shot Down
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the country’s eastern border with Russia but all eight people aboard managed to bail out safely, the defense ministry said.
Separatist rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26, but Ukrainian officials swiftly ruled that out and blamed Russia instead.
There was no immediate comment from Russia on the plane.