Criminal case against Transport Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko is said to be devoid of political component, the Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak said during a Thursday press conference in Izvestiya's media center in Moscow. He also indicated reluctance to comment in detail due to his being unaware of the specific charges facing the Minister. He mentioned that he had not yet looked through the publications on the subject.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building