News in Brief

Nuclear Worker Dies in Iran



TEHRAN, Iran -- A Russian man working for a nuclear company has been found dead in Iran after disappearing 18 days earlier, Iranian media reported Thursday.

The Russian man's frozen body was found Tuesday at a recreational area in a mountainous suburb of Tehran, where nighttime temperatures dip well below freezing, the state-owned Iran newspaper reported.

The Russian, 57, was a legal expert, and his death is being investigated, the newspaper reported.

The semiofficial ILNA news agency reported that the man worked for a Russian atomic company, which it did not identify. It said the man was on a short assignment to Iran and disappeared Nov. 22. (AP)




Safety Official Arrested



A Novosibirsk court on Thursday placed a senior official with the country's technical safety watchdog under arrest on charges of large-scale bribery, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Leonid Baklitsky, head of the Siberian Federal District branch of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Atomic Inspection, is accused of taking a 465,000-ruble ($16,700) bribe and organizing other kickbacks involving safety inspections of buildings and industrial facilities, the statement said. (MT)




Peak Named After Spies



Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has named a peak in the Caucasus Mountains in honor of Russian spies.

Putin's office said Thursday that the prime minister had signed a resolution to call a previously nameless mountain the Peak of Russian Counterintelligence Agents.

The 3,269-meter peak is in the volatile republic of North Ossetia, near the border with Georgia and its breakaway South Ossetia region -- the focus of Russia's war with Georgia in August.

The White House said Putin, a former KGB officer and director of the Federal Security Service, named the peak in the Sugansky Ridge after North Ossetia's legislature submitted a proposal. (AP)