News in Brief

3 Convicted in Murder



A jury in the Far East convicted three people Tuesday in the killing of a mayoral candidate.

Dmitry Fotyanov was gunned down in October 2006 outside his campaign office days before a mayoral vote in Dalnegorsk, a small town in the Primorye region. Prosecutors said defendant Alexander Fedotov plotted the killing because of fears that Fotyanov's election would hurt his business interests.

He will be sentenced later this month. (AP)




Medvedev Waives Visas



President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered that visas be waived for residents of Latvia and Estonia who used to be Soviet citizens but have not been granted citizenship by the two Baltic states, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

A presidential decree allows the residents to enter Russia without visas if they possess a Latvian noncitizen passport or an Estonian foreign-resident passport. Their underage children can travel to Russia if their names are entered in the documents. (MT)




No Gubernatorial Vote



Regional Development Minister Dmitry Kozak said Tuesday that the government would not restore direct elections for governors, a touchstone issue for critics who say the Kremlin undermined democracy by scrapping the ballots four years ago.

Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev said this week that direct elections should be reinstated if Russia is to be truly democratic. (Reuters)




7 Million Euros for Football



The Russian national football team will be awarded 7 million euros ($10.8 million) should it defeat Sweden in Wednesday's crucial Euro 2008 contest, the Sport television station reported Tuesday.

The Russian Football Union has promised the sum in hopes of inspiring the team in the game, which Russia must win in order to advance to the quarterfinals in the tournament, which is being held in Switzerland and Austria.

Head coach Guus Hiddink will personally receive 500,000 euros from the lump sum should Russia topple the Swedes, Sport reported. Russia and Sweden are to kick off Wednesday in Salzburg at 10:45 p.m. (MT)