News in Brief

Israeli Man to Be Extradited



The Supreme Court approved on Thursday a request from Colombia for the extradition of an Israeli man wanted for training illegal paramilitaries.

A Colombian court sentenced Yara Gal Klein, also known as Yair, in absentia in 2001 to 10 years in prison for training paramilitaries in the Andean country. A former Israeli army officer, he was detained in August as he landed at Domodedovo Airport. He has said the Colombian military knew about his paramilitary training activities. (Reuters)




4 Bodies Found in Urals



Police on Thursday opened a murder investigation after finding four bodies in an apartment building in Yekaterinburg.

Initially, investigators said the four had been killed in a gas explosion, but a closer examination found signs of violence on the bodies and the strong smell of gasoline in the building. The bodies have not been identified. (Reuters)




Mavrodi Detained



Sergei Mavrodi, the mastermind behind the notorious MMM pyramid scheme that scammed millions of people in the early 1990s, was detained by court marshals Thursday, Interfax reported.

Moscow's branch of the Federal Court Marshals Service has over 700 requests from people who want Mavrodi to pay back his debts to them, it said.

The court marshals also suspended the publication of a book that Mavrodi wrote and may seize his property for debts. (MT)




Ingush Man Blows Self Up



A man has killed himself with a grenade in a central square of Nazran, Ingushetia, Interfax reported Thursday.

Authorities believe the man was preparing to commit a terrorist attack and died when his grenade accidentally went off, a spokesman for the republic's Interior Ministry said. Residents discovered the man's body on Thursday morning, though he had died the night before. (MT)




Estonian Trial Delayed



TALLINN, Estonia -- The trial of a former Soviet official accused of genocide has been postponed until the end of the year due to the defendant's failing health.

Arnold Meri, 88, was charged with genocide by Estonian prosecutors in August for his role in the deportation of 251 people to Siberia nearly 60 years ago. (AP)




Gryzlov Writes a Song



State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov has authored a football anthem in support of the Russian national team two weeks ahead of the UEFA European Football Championship.

"I hope both the players and supporters love it," Gryzlov said of the song, which was distributed to journalists in the State Duma on Thursday. The anthem's refrain goes: "Russia, go ahead! / Our turn has come! / Russia, go ahead! / Victory is awaiting us!" Gryzlov and pop singer Oleg Gazmanov co-authored a song in honor of United Russia for the 2003 Duma campaign. (MT)