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News in Brief

Popov Released

MOSCOW (AP) -- The condition of Chechen Prime Minister Anatoly Popov worsened early Tuesday, but he later left a Moscow hospital and planned to return to Chechnya.

Popov's temperature rose sharply overnight, bringing a group of doctors to his bedside at the Central Clinical Hospital to monitor his condition, Interfax and Itar-Tass reported, citing Alexei Vasin, a spokesman for Chechnya's Moscow-backed government.

But later Tuesday, Vasin said Popov had left the hospital against the advice of doctors and was expected to be back in Chechnya before the end of the day.

Bolshoi Battle

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Labor Ministry official said Tuesday that the Bolshoi Theater must reinstate a leading ballerina who was fired this month. The theater was given until Oct. 6 to carry out the ministry order.

Under a ruling adopted after a review by the ministry's Federal Labor Inspectorate, the Bolshoi must also pay Anastasia Volochkova her back wages, said Andrei Pryanishnikov, a spokesman for the labor minister.

Volochkova, 27, was fired from the Bolshoi Theater two weeks ago amid a contract dispute and claims that she was too big.

Gadhafi Visit

MOSCOW (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Russia and Libya discussed plans for a visit to Russia by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The discussion of the visit by Gadhafi, who rarely leaves Libya, came Monday during a meeting between Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and his Libyan counterpart, Abdel-Rahman Shalqam, at the United Nations on Monday, the ministry said.

Blaze at Milk Plant

MOSCOW (AP) -- A fire broke out at a major dairy in Moscow on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring seven others, officials and news reports said.

The fire started in a refrigeration system at the Ostankino milk-processing plant, the fire department said. It said one person was killed. Itar-Tass reported that seven workers were injured, including six who were hospitalized after suffering from smoke inhalation.

Metro Station Closed

MOSCOW (MT) -- The Semyonovskaya metro station will be closed for three weeks starting Thursday to undergo repairs, Interfax reported.

Passengers will be ferried to the nearby Elektrozavodskaya metro station on buses Nos. 36, 83, 141, 254 and 702, Interfax said.

The station will reopen Oct. 26.

Latvian Missing

MOSCOW (MT) -- Vladimir Linderman, the leader of the Latvian branch of Russia's radical National Bolshevik Party and a friend of writer Eduard Limonov, has gone missing in Moscow, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Linderman, a.k.a. Abel, was last seen at the headquarters of the ultranationalist National Bolshevik Party last Wednesday, party spokesman Alexander Averin told Interfax.

He said Linderman testified for the defense at Limonov's 2002 trial. Limonov was convicted on arms charges and granted early parole this year. Latvian police recently searched the apartments of members of the Latvian National Bolsheviks and reported finding explosives, Averin said. Latvia has demanded that Russia extradite Linderman, he said.

5 Officers Shot

MAKHACHKALA, Dagestan (AP) -- Gunmen fired into a police vehicle in Dagestan on Tuesday, killing five officers, police said.

The gunmen opened fire at the police vehicle with automatic weapons at an intersection in the town of Khasavyurt, near the border with Chechnya, a Khasavyurt police officer said.

Dorenko Goes Red

MOSCOW (MT) -- Sergei Dorenko, the journalist best known for his mudslinging on ORT television during the 1999 State Duma campaign, has joined the Communist Party, Interfax reported Tuesday.

"I'm an ordinary Communist from the city of Novopavlovsk in the Stavropol region, where I received a party card yesterday," Dorenko said.

He said he had no political aspirations in joining the party.

Kavkaz Center Case

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- The web site of Chechen independence supporters, Kavkaz Center, which was operated from Vilnius, was shut down illegally, a court ruled Tuesday.

Judge Audrius Cininas dropped administrative charges against the director of Elneta, the company that hosted the web site on its servers.

Kavkaz Center was forced to close in June when Lithuanian security agents seized the server as evidence. The court said the agents exceeded their powers and ordered the server returned to Elneta.

Ukrainian Bomber

KIEV (AP) -- A senior U.S. disarmament official visited Ukraine on Tuesday to monitor the destruction of one of the country's remaining strategic bombers.

Brigadier General Thomas Kuenning, outgoing director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Agency, which implements U.S.-funded disarmament programs throughout the former Soviet Union, joined military officials to witness destruction of the last of 12 Tu-22M strategic bombers based in the central city of Poltava, the U.S. Embassy said.

Cyprus Extradition

MOSCOW (MT) -- Cyprus has agreed to extradite a St. Petersburg businessman accused of embezzlement, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Valery Meshanov is wanted on suspicion of defrauding the city of St. Petersburg of 1.209 billion rubles (about $40 million) in 2000, the Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax.

More Newspapers

MOSCOW (MT) -- The number of Russian newspapers and magazines has shot up by 15,000 over the past year to a total of 41,080, the Press Ministry said Tuesday.

As of September, there were 23,749 newspapers and 14,332 magazines being published, the ministry said, Interfax reported.

The combined circulation of newspapers was 8 billion copies last year, and 520 million magazines were published during the same period, the ministry said. Crossword and puzzle magazines were the most popular and accounted for 15 percent of the total circulation of magazines.