News in Brief

Khakamada Quits Politics



Former presidential candidate Irina Khakamada has decided to give up politics to focus on her writing, news agencies reported Monday.

"My time is over," Khakamada said, RIA-Novosti reported. "I believe that opposition politics need to be led by young people who will correct all the previous mistakes."

Khakamada, 53 and a former leader of the liberal Union of Right Forces party, Khakamada unsuccessfully challenged Vladimir Putin in the 2004 presidential election.

In 2006 she wrote the memoir "Sex in Big Politics." (MT)




Medvedev Appoints Adviser



President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed another member of Vladimir Putin's team to be his eighth presidential adviser, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

Sergei Ushakov, who comes from a security services background, joins the seven advisers that Medvedev appointed last week, the news agency said. Many of Medvedev's appointees previously served under Putin.

Ushakov headed the Federal Guards Service from 2002 to 2003, then served as deputy chairman of Gazprom's management committee from 2003 to 2007, when he became a Putin advisers. (MT)




Tajik Busted for Heroin



Moscow police said Monday that they had arrested a Tajik day laborer who was carrying more than 5 kilograms of heroin, Interfax reported Monday.

Officers detained the unidentified man, 30, on Saturday afternoon as he was waiting near the entrance of a labor recruiting office in the neighborhood around Kazansky Station, the news agency said.

Moscow is home to millions of unregistered guest workers, many from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Many work on construction projects in the capital. (MT)