Police officer injured in blast in Russia’s Caucasus:
A police officer was injured in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Kabardino Balkaria when an illegal arms cache he discovered exploded, local police said on Friday.
Russian monetary base up 2.4% in week to $127.1 billion:
Russia’s Central Bank said Friday the country’s narrowly defined money supply (M1) was 3 trillion 975.8 million rubles ($127.1 billion at the current exchange rate) as of June 15, up 2.4% in the week since June 8.
Russian Pacific Fleet warships dock at Vietnam port:
A naval task force from Russia’s Pacific Fleet docked in Vietnam on Friday on an official visit, a spokesman for the fleet said.
Russian president to visit Netherlands:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will arrive in the Netherlands on Friday on a two-day visit, on the invitation of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, a Kremlin official said.
EU expects stable, long-term deal between Gazprom and Naftogaz:
The European Union on Thursday called on Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz to reach a long-term agreement on secure natural gas supplies.
Georgian ex-army officer asks for political asylum in Russia:
A Georgian military officer who crossed into Abkhazia in May has asked Russia for political asylum, the Federal Migration Service said Thursday.
Russian students’ deportation from Egypt delayed by missed flight:
Four Russian students were deported from Egypt on Thursday, but two others had some extra time in the country after missing the flight, a Russian Embassy official said.
Ukrainian population falls below 46 million:
The population of Ukraine is steadily declining, losing another 229,000 in 2008 to fall below the psychological figure of 46 million, official statisticians said.