News in Brief

Council Hearing Postponed

A court hearing into the British Council's lawsuit to win back some of the tax arrears it was charged was postponed to July 3, Kommersant reported Friday.

Tax officials had asked the Moscow Arbitration Court to postpone considering the case.

British officials and Russian tax authorities would not disclose the amount of the council's tax bill for 2007, which was partially paid by it last month. (MT)

Medvedev Warns on Ecology

Parts of Russia will be uninhabitable within the next three decades if the country does not take better care of the environment, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday, news agencies reported. Addressing law students at his alma mater, St. Petersburg State University, Medvedev said Russians had been more concerned about survival than the environment in the 1990s.

"As a result, there are now many places in Russia on the brink of an adverse ecological situation," he said in response to a question, the agencies reported. (MT)