News in Brief

Bomb Suspect Sought



The Investigative Committee has issued a search warrant for Pavel Kosolapov, who is suspected in last year's bombing of a train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg, RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday, citing the committee's spokesman.

Kosolapov has been charged with terrorism, attempted murder and the illegal possession of explosives, the report said. Dozens of passengers were injured after the train was derailed by a homemade bomb Aug. 13, 2007. (MT)




Goth Youth Tied to Killings



Five members of a Goth youth subculture group have been detained in Yaroslavl on suspicion of killing three teenage girls and a boy in June, Interfax reported Wednesday, citing the police.

The dismembered bodies were found in a park near a vocational school where the teens studied. (MT)




Policeman Fakes Death



A former policeman in Bashkortostan was sentenced to 12 months in prison after he staged his death to avoid paying a debt, Gazeta reported Wednesday.

Ilshat Murzagalin was found guilty of failing to return two bank loans, as well as a 500,000 rubles ($20,626) borrowed from acquaintances, after pretending to have drowned.

Murzagalin incurred the debts in the period from October 2006 to March 2007, when he staged his drowning.

The policeman used a false passport to take a train to Chelyabinsk, where he was detained. (MT)




Bryansk Official Stabbed



Bryansk Deputy Governor Alexander Kasatsky has been hospitalized with grave stab wounds after an assault that Governor Nikolai Denin said might be connected to his work, Kommersant reported Wednesday.

Kasatsky has undergone an operation and is in stable condition. Regional prosecutors have opened a criminal case. An unidentified man attacked Kasatsky around 9 p.m. Monday at the door to his house, stabbing him in the stomach with a knife. Kasatsky, 38, has served as deputy governor since 2006. (MT)