News in Brief

Arrests in Prison Deaths



Eight employees of a Chelyabinsk prison have been arrested in connection with a prison riot in May that left four inmates dead, Interfax reported Thursday.

The employees placed under arrest by Chelyabinsky's Central District Court were on duty when the riot broke out at Prison No. 1 in the city of Kopeisk on May 31, regional Investigative Committee official Yelena Kalinina told Interfax.

Prosecutors said earlier that four inmates attacked employees with razors and makeshift blades and were subdued by prison guards with rubber truncheons.

The inmates were placed in separate cells and all died later that day, prosecutors said. (MT)




NBP Activist Acquitted



A Latvian court on Thursday acquitted an activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party of plotting to assassinate Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Interfax reported.

Prosecutors had asked Riga's Central District Court to sentence Linderman, the National Bolshevik leader in Latvia, to 18 months in prison for the purported plot, Interfax reported.

Instead, Linderman was acquitted and likely to be released Thursday evening, a National Bolshevik spokeswoman told Interfax.

Moscow police on Wednesday detained 12 National Bolshevik activists who stormed the Interior Ministry to protest Russia's extradition of Linderman to Latvia earlier this year. (MT)




Chaika to Talk to Bastrykin



Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said Thursday that he would speak with Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin about a report published Wednesday in Moskovsky Komsomolets alleging that Bastrykin is illegally running a real estate business in the Czech Republic, Interfax reported.

"The Prosecutor General's Office is not yet conducting a probe," Chaika said in St. Petersburg. "First, I will speak with Bastrykin to assess the situation and see if the article has any basis. If yes, we will react." (MT)




Workers Vanish With Gold



Construction workers building a new metro line in Nizhny Novgorod discovered a pot of gold and promptly disappeared, RIA-Novosti cited regional police as saying Thursday.

The pot of gold coins dating back to the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, the agency reported.

By law, the state gets 50 percent of the discovered treasure. (MT)