President of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurovhas been released from hospital and has pledged to’destroy’ those responsible for the attempt on his life. ‘The tensions between Russian and Ukraine are truly off the charts’, Medvedev has said in an open letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, and hasrefused to send an envoy to Kiev until relations are settled. Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, who favors closer tieswith Russia, looks set to win the January 17th election.
Prosecutor General Yury Chaika has instructed prosecutors to inform their superiors within 24 hours of being offered a bribe. An article in the Moscow Times series on Putin looks at where today’s movers and shakers were to be found on the eve of Putin’s rise to power.
Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of Grozny-based charity Save the Generations, which works with Chechen children injured in the Chechnya war and their parents, and her husband, Umar Dzhabrailov, have been found dead inthe boot of a car, with gunshots wounds to the head and chest, havingbeen abducted by armed men.
PHOTO: United Russia leader Boris Gryzlov, Medvedev and Communist chief Gennady Zyuganov riding a chair lift, August 7, 2009. (Dmitry Astakhov / RIA-Novosti / AP)