News in Brief

Bill to Protect Journalists



Under long-awaited draft legislation on tackling graft, journalists investigating corruption will be provided with protection similar to that for witnesses in criminal trials, Gazeta reported Thursday.

This provision is part of the anti-corruption plan submitted Wednesday by Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Naryshkin to President Dmitry Medvedev, who has made fighting corruption one of the top priorities for his administration. (MT)




Women Detained in Scam



City police have detained two women suspected of robbing a female student of more than $100,000 in cash and valuables after duping her into letting them remove a curse from her apartment, Interfax reported Thursday.

The two met the young woman, 19, at a bus stop Wednesday on Veyernaya Ulitsa, convinced her to let them into her apartment to remove the curse, and robbed her, the source said. (MT)