News in Brief

Aleksanyan Trial Delay



The Simonovsky District Court will rule Wednesday whether to delay the trial of former Yukos executive Vasily Aleksanyan so he can receive medical treatment, Interfax reported Tuesday.

The court said it would make the decision after receiving documents from the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility, where Aleksanyan is being held, that back his claim of having cancer.

A Federal Prison Service official told Interfax that the hospital at Matrosskaya Tishina was insufficient for treating Aleksanyan. Aleksanyan says he has AIDS and terminal lymphoma, and he has looked haggard in recent court appearances. (MT)




New Region, New Governor



The Chita legislature on Tuesday approved Ravil Geniatulin as governor of the newly created Zabaikalsky region, Interfax reported.

Geniatulin, 52, was approved by a 38-2 vote to head up the new region, which was created after the Chita region and the Aginsky Buryatsky autonomous district merged. The new region will come into existence March 1. Geniatulin is currently Chita's governor. (MT)




Fire at FSB Headquarters



A fire broke out at the headquarters of the Federal Security Service in central Moscow on Tuesday, prompting an evacuation, Vesti-24 television reported.

Emergency officials were notified of a fire on the first floor of the agency's headquarters on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad at around 7:15 a.m., Vesti-24 reported on its web site. The fire was contained within minutes. (Bloomberg)




Victim Not With IKEA



A Turkish citizen who was stabbed to death in southeastern Moscow last week was not an employee of Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Citing a law enforcement official, Interfax reported Monday that the victim, whose body was discovered Sunday night, was an IKEA electrician.

"We have two Turkish employees at IKEA Russia, neither of them an electrician, and both feel perfectly well," Oksana Belaychook said in e-mailed comments.

Belaychook conceded that the victim, whom police have not named, could have worked at IKEA as a subcontractor. (MT)