News in Brief

Youth Leader Faces Eviction

Oleg Kozlovsky, the leader of Oborona youth group and a fixture at anti-Kremlin rallies, said Tuesday that the authorities were illegally trying to evict him from his central Moscow apartment, Ekho Moskvy reported.

Earlier this month, Kozlovsky, 23, was invited to his local police station, where an officer told him, "You shouldn't be here in the center because [President Vladimir] Putin sometimes drives past," he told the station.

Kozlovsky said he had just returned home from two months of army service when police came calling. (MT)

Abkhazia's Plane Claim

SUKHUMI, Georgia -- Abkhaz defense forces shot down an unmanned Georgian spy plane Tuesday, said officials in the breakaway Georgian region.

An Abkhaz Security Council official said it was shot down over the sea as it headed south around noon Tuesday.

In Tbilisi, Georgian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Nana Intskirveli denied any such incident.

Tensions have grown between Abkhazia and the central Georgian government since Abkhazia formally appealed to the world community last month to recognize its independence. (AP)