News in Brief

1,000 Corruption Cases



The Investigative Committee said Friday that it had opened more than 1,000 criminal cases involving bureaucrats accused off corruption from January through March, RIA-Novosti reported Friday.

Some 16,000 complaints of corruption have been filed with the committee so far this year, committee head Alexander Bastrykin said, Interfax reported Friday.

The committee has opened 10 criminal cases against its own staff, including on corruption charges, since its creation last year, Bastrykin said, Interfax reported. (MT)




Vote Fraud Acknowledged



Krasnodar region prosecutors have acknowledged violations in the March 2 presidential election and opened a criminal case against two election officials, Vedomosti reported Friday.

Two election officials in the town of Yeisk are suspected of falsifying results, Communist State Duma Deputy Sergei Obukhov told Vedomosti.

The fraud gave Medvedev more than 47,000 extra votes, while Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky lost 8,000 and 21,000 votes, respectively, Obukhov told Vedomosti. (MT)




Metro Stops to be Renamed



Two Moscow metro stations are to be renamed by next June, Interfax reported Friday.

The Bittsevsky Park station, the southern-most station on the orange Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line, will be renamed Novoyasenevskaya, according to a decree issued by Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

The recently opened Delovoi Tsentr on the light blue Filyovskaya line will be renamed Vystavochnaya, according the order, Interfax reported.

All signs bearing the old names will be removed by next June, the report said. (MT)