News in Brief

Helicopters Sent to Chad



The military has airlifted helicopters and crews to Chad to join a European Union peacekeeping mission in the African nation, the Air Force said.

A military cargo plane delivered four Mi-8 helicopters and 30 crew members and support personnel to Chad on Monday, Air Force spokesman Vladimir Drik said Monday. (AP)




Warship Fire Kills Officer



A fire aboard a warship has killed an officer, the Navy said Monday.

The small blaze broke out Monday on the frigate Neukrotimy, at a Baltic Sea base, Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said. The fire was put out quickly but an officer from the crew was killed, he said.

The Indomitable was damaged in an embarrassing accident in 2005. An explosion of practice ammunition ripped its hull open, and it began to sink on the Neva River in St. Petersburg on the eve of Navy Day celebrations. (AP)




4 Arrested in Cyclist's Killing



Four suspects have been arrested in the nearly four-year-old killing of former Olympic cycling gold medalist Dmitry Nelyubin, the Investigative Committee said Monday.

Nelyubin, a member of the four-man Soviet team that won the 4,000-meter pursuit at the 1988 Olympics, was stabbed on New Year's Day 2005 in St. Petersburg when he and friends got into an argument with several other men.

The suspects were identified as natives of Kabardino-Balkaria. (AP)




British Tourist Robbed



A British tourist had his bag stolen in a central Moscow restaurant, Interfax cited law enforcement sources as saying.

The tourist reported damages of about 45,000 rubles ($1,600) in the theft, which happened Sunday evening, Interfax reported. The bag included credit cards and ?100 ($150). (MT)