News in Brief

Officer Convicted of Spying

A Russian security officer was convicted Thursday of spying for Lithuania and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison, the Federal Security Service said.

Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Khitryuk, of the Federal Prison Service, was convicted in Kaliningrad. (AP)

Rocket Hits Country House

The military on Thursday offered compensation to a homeowner after a small rocket veered off course and hit his country house outside Moscow.

A Defense Ministry official said two rockets had gone astray during a military exercise near Moscow on Wednesday afternoon. One hit the roof of an unoccupied house 3.5 kilometers away.

"The damage is estimated at 60,000 rubles [$2,450]. It will be compensated for in two days," said Yevgeny Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Ground Forces. "The owner of the house treats the incident with understanding. He has no legal claims." (Reuters)

For the Record

Road accidents claimed 33,308 lives last year, including 1,116 children, the Interior Ministry's traffic division said Thursday. (Bloomberg)

Former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov, accused of fraud and abuse of office, testified in his defense Thursday in a Moscow court. (MT)