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4th Budanov Test

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) -- The judge presiding over the trial of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is charged with killing a Chechen woman, ordered that the defendant remain in custody for another three months Wednesday and sent him to Moscow for a fourth psychiatric evaluation.

Budanov has already been evaluated three times by psychiatrists. The first evaluation found that he was sane, the results of the second were never revealed, and the third, at Moscow's Serbsky Center for Forensic Psychiatry, concluded that he was temporarily insane at the time of the killing.

Judge Viktor Kostin ordered Budanov sent back to the Serbsky center for a fourth evaluation to be conducted by new experts, including a team led by psychiatrist Alexander Bukhanovsky. Bukhanovsky worked on the case of Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted of murdering more than 50 women and children and was executed in 1994.

Army Murder Trial

MOSCOW (MT) -- A military court in Voronezh opened hearings Wednesday in the case of an army captain accused of killing two warrant officers at a local military airport, Interfax reported.

An unnamed source with the military prosecutor's office was quoted as saying that a nearly yearlong investigation had yielded "convincing evidence" that Captain Georgy Bykov used an ax to kill the two junior officers, Nikolai Sitnikov and Vladimir Mashkov, who were on duty at a checkpoint of the Baltimore military airport in Voronezh.

Fourth of July Visit

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East (AP) -- Two U.S. Navy ships arrived at Vladivostok on Wednesday on a three-day goodwill visit timed to coincide with the U.S. Fourth of July celebrations.

USS Fort McHenry and USS Chancellorsville also plan to host public tours, including one for Vladivostok orphans. The ships' crews have scheduled basketball and volleyball games with their Russian counterparts.

For the Record

Stavropol Governor Alexander Chernogorov on Wednesday dismissed the head of the district hit hardest by this summer's floods, Interfax reported. Gennady Skarga, head of the Kochubei district, was one of several local officials criticized by regional and federal officials for inefficiency in dealing with the flood. Skarga was replaced by his deputy, Alexander Sarayev. (MT)

Ukraine on Wednesday extradited three German bank robbers who seized hostages and led police on a chase across eastern Europe. (Reuters)