News in Brief

Soldier Kills 3, Self

A soldier on Monday shot dead three colleagues and wounded another at a firing range before killing himself, RIA-Novosti cited an unidentified Defense Ministry source as saying.

The private ran away from his post in the Far East and opened fire at other soldiers when they tried to detain him, killing three. Another was rushed to hospital with serious wounds after the incident. The soldier then turned the gun on himself, RIA-Novosti said. (Reuters)

Counterterrorist Operation

Federal Security Service, police and military commandos launched a massive counterterrorist operation Monday in and around the Dagestani town of Khasavyurt, near the border with Chechnya, Itar-Tass reported.

Dagestani security officials said several men suspected of conducting attacks against regional law enforcement officers were detained in a sweep of Khasavyurt and several nearby villages, the report said. Three police officers died in two separate bombings in Khasavyurt last week. (MT)

Cop Runs Over Pedestrians

A drunk traffic police officer rammed his Toyota into a bus stop in Krasnoyarsk, striking three pedestrians, including a two-year-old girl, Interfax reported Monday.

No one was killed in the incident, but two men remained hospitalized with injuries, while the girl was released from the hospital Monday, Interfax said.

Regional police chief Alexander Gorovoi fired the officer and has taken the investigation into the case under his personal control.

The name of the officer has not been released. If charged and convicted with vehicular assault, he faces up to five years in prison. (MT)

For the Record

The Moscow City Court on Monday refused to consider a request for a criminal investigation into the execution of thousands of Polish army officers killed by the Soviet Union in the Katyn massacre during World War II. (Reuters)

Eduard Limonov, leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party, has started a campaign in support of what he calls political prisoners, demanding President Medvedev free 25 people, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (Reuters)