News in Brief

Prosecutors Get More Guns

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing some law enforcement officials to carry imported guns for self-defense. The decision is unprecedented in Russia, which is proud of its arms-making traditions.

Putin signed a document Jan. 31 allowing prosecutors and investigators with the prosecutor's office to use the Italian-made Beretta 92, Czech CZ 75 and Austrian Glock 17 pistols, Interfax reported Monday.

Prosecutors previously could carry only Makarov pistols.

The Russian-made pistols have been a standard weapon with the military and law enforcement agencies since the 1950s. (AP)

Public Chamber Site Attack

The Public Chamber's web site was attacked by hackers who posted radical Islamist statements and video clips, the chamber said in a statement.

Following the attack Saturday, Public Chamber member Alexander Brod said authorities routinely refuse to investigate hacker attacks against the web sites of human rights groups. As a rule, the attacks are perpetrated by radical nationalist groups, Brod said. (MT)