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In Moscow, was baptized a well-known African politician

Famous African politician, former Deputy Prime Minister of Gabon Bruno Ben Moubamba converted to Orthodoxy and was baptized in the Moscow Church, he was given the Christian name of Vladimir, said a member of the Synodal biblical-theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, rector of the Church of the life-giving Trinity on the Vorobyovy hills Archpriest Andrey Novikov.

"The Day of the baptism of Rus the Lord has vouchsafed to make kinoprem the Orthodoxy of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Gabon Bruno Ben Moubamba David (at his request)," - wrote Novikov on his page in Facebook.

Cases of seizure of ships by pirates with the Russians in 2017 — 2020

Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on Friday, July 17, took hostage 13 of the 19 members of the Russian-Ukrainian crew of the tanker Curacao Trader, reported the Internet portal Maritime Bulletin, citing a statement of the company Alison Management Corp, which owns the vessel. The company added that the incident occurred at about 210 nautical miles off the coast of Benin, is currently the tanker is drifting with disabilities on Board, to his aid has already sent another ship.

The following is background information on the capture and release of pirates vessels with Russians on Board in 2017-2020.

The price of Brent crude oil fell to 43.52 per barrel

World oil prices are down Thursday morning, as traders assess the prospects for the transaction of OPEC after the meeting of the Alliance this week, expecting to increase production, according to the auction.

As at 8.05 GMT, the September futures price for North sea petroleum mix of mark Brent fell by 0.62% to 43.52 USD per barrel. August futures for WTI crude oil became cheaper by 0.8% to 40.87 USD per barrel.

Putin has no plans of international contacts in OPEC , said Sands

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin is not in the plans for international calls before the OPEC meeting .

As expected, the question of the parameters of the deal, OPEC in August will be decided this week. On 14 July a planned meeting of the technical Committee of experts of the OPEC (JTC), and on July 15 - Ministerial monitoring Committee (JMMC).

Putin has no plans contacts with the leadership of Saudi Arabia

Conversation the President of Russia Vladimir Putin meets with counterpart from Saudi Arabia on the eve of the OPEC meeting is not planned, reported the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.

On July 14, scheduled meetings of the technical Committee of experts of the OPEC (JTC), and the Ministerial monitoring Committee (JMMC) - on July 15.