News in Brief

Cocaine Bust Near Airport

Police seized about 4 kilograms of cocaine during a routine traffic check near Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, making it the largest local cocaine bust so far this year, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

The drugs were found in a Lexus 330 sedan during a check on Domodedovskoye Shosse, 43 kilometers south of Moscow, the report said, citing a police spokesman.

"During the search, police found a bag in the trunk containing white powder. Tests identified the powder as cocaine. The total weight of the drugs was 3.7 kilograms," the spokesman said.

Police detained the three people traveling in the car, a Chechen man and woman and a Latvian man. An investigation is under way. (MT)

Ingush Official Shot Dead

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Gunmen shot and killed a Nazran municipal official in Ingushetia's main city of Nazran, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Magomed Barakhoyev, head of one of Nazran's districts, died in the hospital of injuries from the attack, which also injured his wife, the ministry said. (AP)

Lenin, Stalin Losing to Tsar

Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin have lost popularity in Russia since 2005, while the public's admiration has increased for Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, a VTsIOM poll showed Monday.

Forty-two percent of respondents in the survey said they approved of Lenin, down from 50 percent three years ago, while admiration for Stalin sank 9 percentage points to 28 percent. Nicholas II was the most popular Revolutionary-era figure, with a 44 percent approval rating.

Sixty-nine percent of those polled approved of the Supreme Court's Oct. 1 ruling that Nicholas and his family, executed in 1918, were victims of Soviet repression.

VTsIOM conducted the survey of 1,600 people on Nov. 8 and 9. The margin of error was 3.4 percentage points. (Bloomberg)