News in Brief

Blast Wounds 2 Servicemen



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Two servicemen were wounded in the explosion of a land mine set by rebels in Chechnya, police said Tuesday.

The servicemen stepped into a booby trap Tuesday while patrolling forested mountains in the southern Vedeno region, the Chechen branch of the Interior Ministry said.

In Ingushestia, two people were wounded Tuesday when an unidentified assailant threw a grenade into the house of an ethnic Russian family in the town of Karabulak. (AP)




Suspect in Kozlov Case Held



An eighth suspect was detained Tuesday in the 2006 murder of former Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov, Interfax reported.

Andrei Kosmynin, 36, had an international warrant out for his arrest and was detained Tuesday in Moscow as a suspected accomplice in Kozlov's murder, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said, Interfax reported.

The Moscow City Court last month convicted banker Alexei Frenkel of organizing the slaying and sentenced him to 19 years in prison. Six other defendants also were convicted. (MT)




Manager Blamed for Death



Prosecutors in the Moscow region have blamed an ice arena manager and a hockey club director for negligence in the death of rising Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov.

Cherepanov, 19, collapsed Oct. 13 while on the bench for Omsk club Avangard in Russia's Continental Hockey League, or KHL. (AP)




Racewalker Skurygin Dies



Former champion racewalker German Skurygin has died of a heart attack at age 45, the Russian Athletics Federation said Tuesday.

The federation said Skurygin died Friday night. Media reports said he died in his hometown of Izhevsk. (AP)




7 Skinheads Convicted



Seven teenage skinheads were found guilty by a Moscow court on Tuesday of killing 20 migrant workers, Interfax reported.

The court also said the gang had tried to murder 12 other migrants between August 2006 and October 2007. It has not yet sentenced the gang. (Reuters)




Venezuela's War Games End



CARACAS, Venezuela -- Russian warships have held training exercises with Venezuela's navy in Moscow's first such Caribbean deployment since the Cold War.

Russian television on Tuesday showed images of a Venezuelan-operated Sukhoi fighter jet swooping low over Soviet warships in a simulated air attack. The exercises that ended late Monday. (AP)