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News in Brief

Military: Warlord Dead

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- The military said Monday that Chechen rebel warlord Aslanbek Abdulkhadzhiyev was killed in a special operation in the town of Shali in the southern part of the republic on Sunday.

General Vladimir Moltenskoi, the commander of troops in Chechnya, said Abdukhadzhiyev had been one of the 20 most powerful rebel warlords and that "the operation to destroy him was conducted quite elegantly," Itar-Tass reported.

Moltenskoi said Abdulkhadzhiyev had put up resistance, firing back at his assailants until his gun jammed and then starting to throw grenades before he was killed.

Caviar Smuggler

MIAMI (AP) -- The owner of a Florida caviar company pleaded guilty Monday to running a ring that smuggled more beluga caviar out of Russia in 1999 than the nation's entire export quota for the year.

Viktor Tsimbal, president of Beluga Caviar Inc., pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering.

Tsimbal, 41, a Russian national, paid smugglers $500 plus airline tickets and hotel expenses to carry prepacked luggage filled with black market caviar through Poland to Miami.

About $860,000 worth of caviar was seized during the investigation. Tsimbal could face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing Nov. 6.

Missing Iraqi

MOSCOW (AP) -- The consul at the Iraqi Embassy in Moscow reported that one of the mission's employees has gone missing, Russian police said Tuesday.

Avad Karim, 48, an Iraqi citizen serving as a technical employee, disappeared Saturday, the press service of the police's central district said. Police have launched a search for the man, who was last seen in the neighborhood of the International Trade Center, near the Moscow River.

Police Case Shut

MOSCOW (MT) -- Vladivostok prosecutors have closed an investigation into the head of the local traffic police, Alexander Lysenko, who was charged with abuse of power for striking a female fishery worker during a protest in May over unpaid wages, Vremya Novostei newspaper reported Tuesday.

Television reports showing Lysenko hitting Svetlana Demidova in the face, sparked a media outcry.

Prosecutors, who scrutinized the footage, determined Lysenko was only fending off Demidova, who was attempting to hit him with her purse, the paper reported.

For the Record

The death toll from the Mi-26 helicopter crash Aug. 19 rose to 118 after Sergeant Ruslan Khalikov died in a military hospital in Rostov-on-Don on Monday, Major General Alexander Serov, a deputy commander of federal forces in the region, said Tuesday. (AP)

European Union president Denmark condemned on Monday the kidnappings of Dutch national Peter-Arjan Erkel in Dagestan in early August and Nina Davidovich, head of local aid agency Druzhba in Chechnya in July and demanded their release. (Reuters)

Russian prosecutors will contact U.S. authorities to check reports that two Slavic-looking men recently brought to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, were Russian citizens, Vladimir Rudyak, a spokesman for the southern branch of the Prosecutor General's Office, said Tuesday. (AP)