News in Brief

Appeal in Chubais Plot

Prosecutors said Monday that they would appeal the acquittal of Vladimir Kvachkov, a retired military intelligence colonel who was accused of organizing a contract hit on Unified Energy System head Anatoly Chubais.

The Moscow Regional Court on June 5 acquitted Kvachkov and two suspected accomplices of organizing an attack on Chubais, the architect of privatizations in the 1990s.

Chubais was driving in the Moscow region when a powerful mine exploded near his vehicle. Automatic gunfire followed. Chubais was not injured. (MT)

African Breaks Cop's Ankle

A drunken Cameroonian man assaulted a traffic police officer after being pulled over in eastern Moscow, breaking the officer's ankle, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

The driver, identified as Alen Kaji, 31, was behind the wheel of a Toyota RAV4 when he was pulled over at around 3 a.m. Sunday on Ulitsa Moldagulovoi, near the Vykhino metro station, a traffic police official said.

Kaji did not have a driver's license and was driving someone else's car, though the owner of the vehicle was a passenger along with two other Cameroonians, the official said. Kaji attacked the officer, breaking his ankle. Kaji was detained, and tests showed he was under the influence of alcohol. (MT)