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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-23
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Russian Activist Found DeadNews
The body of a missing Russian human rights activist has been found, his organization and local officials said Wednesday. Russia is already investigating last week's killing of Chechen human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, which triggered worldwide outrage.
Andrei Kulagin, who disappeared two months ago, headed the local branch of Spravedlivost (Justice) a human rights organization in the Russian region of Karelia, around 1,000 km north of Moscow.
"The body of Andrei Kulagin, a resident of Petrozavodsk, was discovered on July 10 in a quarry near the Klyuchevaya neighborhood of Petrozavodsk," a source in Karelian law enforcement told Interfax news agency.
Kulagin's body was found in a sand pit near Petrozavodsk. He had been missing since May 14, Spravedlivost's leader, Andrei Stolbunov said in a message on its website Wednesday.
Stolbunov said Kulagin was last seen after he left his home late at night after receiving a phone call. The last person to see him was the taxi driver who took him to a local cafe.
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 Marseille Threatened by FireA wildfire ravaging the outskirts of Marseille has damaged five houses and reduced to ashes about 12000 square metres. About 480 firefighters assisted with 112 waters tanks, four airplanes and three helicopters are battling to contain the fire. The gusty winds blowing in the area are giving the firefighters a hard time.
A Suburb Was Evacuated
Although there has not been any evacuation notice so far, about 300 to 500 residents of the eastern Trois-Ponts suburb were about to flee their houses late on Wednesday.
Situated on a hill NW of Marseille, the suburb is about 5 kilometres away from the city's centre.
The wildfire probably sparked by practice shelling by the military.
No lives have been claimed, so far. Only a firefighter sustained slight burns and two more developed respiratory problems.
Source: Le Monde
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 Blaze Ravages Anavyssos AreaIn view of the scorching hot temperatures forecast for the coming weekend, policemen and firefighters were decided to patrol Hymittos Mt. in Athens. In the meantime, a blaze is ravaging the area of Anavyssos. About 30 firefighters and 30 water tanks are on the site. The wildfires in Aliveri and Kounoupeli have been contained.
Asked on EYP's (Greek National Intelligence Service) involvement in the arson investigation, Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markogiannakis said: âI have not spoken of asymmetric threats, however, having successive fires in a specific area can be suspicious. Therefore, we are engaging all our powers to yield results.â
Markogiannakis also stressed that two more helicopters are on the way and that the Ministry's agencies will be on standby from 23 to 25 July, since the Meteorological Service has warned of weather conditions favouring wildfires.
In the meantime, authorities decided to hold air and ground patrols and forbid people to enter forest after the sunset.
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