News in Brief

Deputy Warns Poland



Poland and the Czech Republic could become targets for the Russian military if they agree to host elements of a U.S. missile defense system, State Duma Deputy Konstantin Kosachyov said Monday.

"They will be making a choice, a strategic choice, that will affect the security of these countries, because the relevant U.S. systems will become a subject of control and, possibly, in the worst case, a target for Russian defense systems," said Kosachyov, head of the Duma's International Affairs Committee, Interfax reported.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk visits Moscow on Friday. (Reuters)




IKEA Employee Killed



A Turkish employee for Swedish home-furnishing giant IKEA was stabbed to death in southeastern Moscow, authorities said Monday.

The body of the victim, 27, was discovered with multiple knife wounds at around 7 p.m. Sunday in the stairwell of an apartment building on Graivoronovskaya Ulitsa, near the Tekstilshchiki metro station, a law enforcement source told RIA-Novosti.

The victim, whose name was not released by authorities, worked as an electrician for IKEA, a law enforcement source told Interfax. A mobile phone and a key ring were found next to the body, the source said.

No suspects had been detained as of Monday evening, RIA-Novosti reported. (MT)




Worries Over Kyrgyz Deaths



The Kyrgyz Embassy on Monday filed a diplomatic note asking the Foreign Ministry and the Prosecutor General's Office to ensure the safety of Kyrgyz citizens after a string of killings.

Four Kyrgyz citizens have been killed in Russia in the last month, and the Kyrgyz government in the note expressed "serious concern and deep sorrow about the increase of such crimes against the citizens of the [Kyrgyz] republic and foreigners in general," Interfax reported.

In one attack, three teens in the Leningrad region slit the throat of a Kyrgyz man and carved a star on his chest, police said. Three suspects have been detained. (MT)




South Korean Man Robbed



Assailants beat and robbed a South Korean man in southwest Moscow, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

Cho Keep, in his early 40s, was admitted to hospital early Sunday with head injuries after three men attacked him and stole 2,000 rubles and $150 cash, the source said.

Keep was attacked at around 6 a.m. Sunday on Ulitsa Marii Ulyanovoi, near the Prospekt Vernadskogo metro station, he said. No suspects had been detained in the attack as of Monday. (MT)




2 Activists Pardoned



Uzbekistan has pardoned two human rights activists in what one of them described on Monday as a political decision.

Umida Niyazova, a translator for New York-based Human Rights Watch, received a seven-year suspended sentence last year after she agreed to criticize international human rights groups publicly. On Monday, Niyazova said she had received an official amnesty letter over the weekend.

Activist Bakhtiyar Khamrayev said his son, jailed for three years in 2006, was also freed over the weekend. (Reuters)