News in Brief

Pastor to Go on Trial

Phillip Miles, a U.S. pastor arrested in February on suspicion of smuggling ammunition into Russia, is to go on trial Monday in Moscow, his church cited the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as saying.

The trial could run through Tuesday, attorney Dominic Starr, a spokesman for the Christ Community Church in Conway, South Carolina, told the local Sun News newspaper.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said Wednesday that she had no information on the trial date.

Miles was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport on Feb. 3 after officials found rifle rounds in his luggage that he failed to declare. He told friends that the bullets were intended as a gift for a hunting enthusiast he was to visit in Perm. (MT)

Kaliningrad Editor Attacked

The editor of an independent newspaper in Kaliningrad was wounded in a knife attack that he said was connected to his work, his newspaper reported.

Arseny Makhlov, founder and editor of the newspaper Dvornik, said he was stabbed twice in the back on March 27 in the Kaliningrad region town of Svetlogorsk, Dvornik reported Tuesday.

The attacker fled the crime scene on foot, and Makhlov was hospitalized for treatment, though his wounds were not life-threatening, the newspaper said. Police are investigating the incident, it said.

Makhlov writes editorials in Dvornik, a free weekly newspaper, some of which have been critical of regional authorities. (MT)

'Famine Not Genocide'

The 1930s-era famine that killed millions of peasants, mainly in Soviet Ukraine, should not be considered genocide and should not be used as a political tool, the State Duma said in a resolution passed in a 370-56 vote on Wednesday.

"There is no historical proof that the famine was organized along ethnic lines. Its victims were millions of citizens of the Soviet Union," the resolution said. (AP)