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Prosecutor's Fund Vote

MOSCOW (MT) -- The State Duma passed a bill in the first reading Thursday to close a controversial prosecutor's office fund, Interfax reported.

The Prosecutor's Office Development Fund was launched two years ago to provide additional resources to this state-financed office. When prosecutors won court cases for the state, 10 percent of sums won was directed into this fund.

Interfax quoted an unnamed prosecutor saying that during the last two years the fund had earned 437 million rubles ($14.86 million). Initiators of the bill said the fund had brought about a dangerous "commercialization" of the work of the prosecutors, who had developed a habit of treating cases involving large sums of money as "business deals."

58% for Neutrality

MOSCOW (MT) -- Two weeks after the U.S. terrorist attacks, a poll has shown most Russians do not support the U.S. decision to retaliate against countries accused of harboring terrorists.

According to the poll, conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation and published on its web site, 61 percent disapprove of retaliatory actions against the countries accused of harboring terrorists, while 27 percent support them.

If such actions take place Russia should be "neutral," said 58 percent of people polled. Twenty-four percent said Russia should support the actions, and 10 percent said Moscow should actively oppose any such action.

For the Record

Retired Army Reserve Colonel George Trofimoff, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer convicted of spying, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for selling military secrets to the Soviet Union. A federal grand jury in Tampa, Florida, convicted him of espionage in June, finding he worked for the KGB while he was the civilian chief of the U.S. Army Joint Interrogation Center in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1969 to 1994.(Reuters)

Storms threatened to disrupt the final stage of raising the sunken Kursk nuclear submarine from the bottom of the Barents Sea, officials said Thursday. Vice Admiral Mikhail Motsak said a violent storm was due to hit the area around Sunday. (Reuters)