News in Brief

Newspaper Gets Reprieve



The newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta has received a letter from the Moscow Property Department rescinding a previous order to vacate its premises on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, Newsru.com reported Tuesday.

The letter said that no works were planned on the building at the time.

The newspaper, which frequently criticizes city government policies, received a letter from City Hall on May 26 ordering it to vacate its premises within one month so that repairs could be done on the building, editor and owner Konstantin Remchukov said.

Two restaurants in the same building did not receive similar letters, he said.

Remchukov linked the eviction to articles criticizing Luzhkov's position on the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Earlier this month, Luzhkov angered Kiev by calling for the port, in Ukraine, to be returned to Russia. (MT)




Grozny Blast Injures 12



A bomb explosion in a cafe in Grozny injured eight policemen and four other people on Monday night, Chechen investigators said Tuesday.

"It was a terrorist act," said Maryam Nalayeva of the Chechen department of the Investigative Committee. (Reuters)




Agent Admits Bribe



HOUSTON -- A U.S. hunting agent has admitted that his company bribed Russian government officials to organize a Siberian hunting excursion that involved illegally shooting moose and sheep from a helicopter.

Robert Kern, whose Virginia-based company The Hunting Consortium booked the trip, said in court Monday that he did not know it was against Russian law to harvest animals from above. U.S. law prohibits importing wildlife that was knowingly taken in violation of another country's laws. The hunters embarked on the excursion in 2002. (AP)