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New Law May Reduce Overcrowding in Russia's Prisons

The population in Russia's overcrowded and disease infested prisons could be reduced by about one-third in 2001 if parliament adopts amendments to the country's criminal code, Russia's Justice Minister Yuri Chaika said in an interview published Tuesday.

Labor Lawmakers Urge Action on Chechnya

Influential officials from Britain's ruling Labor Party urged Britain and the European Union on Tuesday to take tougher action on Russia's human rights record in Chechnya.

Ukrainian Company Markets 'Fat in Chocolate' Bar

A Ukrainian candy company has begun marketing what may be the stickiest, richest and most fattening holiday treat on the market: pure pork fat covered in chocolate.

Moldovan President to Dissolve Parliament Jan. 12

Moving to resolve a political crisis, Moldova's president signed a decree Sunday to dissolve parliament Jan. 12, setting the stage for new parliamentary elections in this impoverished former Soviet republic.

11 kilograms of Heroin Confiscated in Tajikistan

Police discovered more than 11 kilograms of heroin in a routine check of a mail car on a train bound from Tajikistan for Moscow, a police official said Tuesday.

Gas Explosion Injures 7 in Siberia

An explosion authorities blamed on a natural gas leak tore through an apartment building in central Siberia Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring seven others, an emergency official said.

Hostage Freed in Georgia

An 18-year-old Georgian man was freed from his captors in a mountainous area of Georgia near Russia's breakaway Chechnya region, police said Wednesday.

Rebels Sabotage Gas and Water in Chechnya

Three Russian soldiers were killed and eight were wounded in Chechen rebel attacks over the past 24 hours, while authorities on Wednesday revealed details of sabotage attacks on Russian utilities over the New Year holidays.

Nuclear Weapons to Return to Baltic Base

Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons into one of its military bases in the Baltics for the first time since the end of the Cold War, The Washington Times reported.
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