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News in Brief

Ilyumzhinov Re-elected



MOSCOW (AP) -- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the millionaire president of Kalmykia, won a third term in a run-off election, preliminary figures showed Monday.

Ilyumzhinov, who also is the president of the world chess body FIDE, received 57 percent of the votes, regional election commission secretary Olga Polenichkina told Interfax.

His opponent in the run-off was banker Baatyr Shondzhiyev.

Ilyumzhinov, who has ruled Kalmykia since 1993, is accused by opponents of stifling political dissent and using his office to promote his candidacy. In the first round of voting on Oct. 20, he got 47.3 percent of the vote.




2 Hijack Alarms



MOSCOW (AP) -- Two Perm Airlines An-24 turboprops sent hijacking alarms Monday, but the signals were transmitted in error and the planes landed safely at their destination, a spokesman for the airline said.

The two planes were en route from Moscow to Perm when the signals were triggered in error during alarm system tests, said a duty officer at the airline's headquarters in Perm.

Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov confirmed the alarms were erroneous.

Each plane had about 30 people aboard, the airline official.




Magadan Vote



MOSCOW (MT) -- Magadan's legislative assembly voted Monday to hold a gubernatorial election Feb. 2 to fill the post vacated by the assassination of Governor Valentin Tsvetkov, news agencies reported.

Tsvetkov was gunned down in broad daylight near his office on Moscow's Novy Arbat on Oct. 18.

No arrests have been made in an ongoing investigation into the killing.

TVS television reported Monday that investigators were checking some Magadan businessmen who might have been in conflicts with Tsvetkov.




Patriarch Hospitalized



MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexy II was hospitalized Monday during a visit to Astrakhan in southern Russia, Itar-Tass reported.

A Moscow spokesman for the church said he had no information on the report and a duty officer at the hospital where the 73-year-old patriarch was reportedly taken refused to comment.

The report said the church leader was taken to an Astrakhan hospital because of "a deterioration of his health."




Reporter Vanishes



KIEV (Reuters) -- A Ukrainian news agency said Monday its director had gone missing eight days ago and fears the disappearance could be linked to its independent reporting.

Eighteen Ukrainian journalists have been killed since 1991, and reporters frequently complain of harassment and attacks.

Ukrainsky Novyny, an agency specializing in economic news, said its founder and director, Mykhailo Kolomiets, had not been seen by family, friends or colleagues since Oct. 21.

"Reporters of the agency are very concerned over the fate of Kolomiets. They fear the incident could be the result of the agency's policy of providing independent information," Ukrainsky Novyny said in a statement.

Government officials were not immediately available for comment.