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News in Brief

MSF Urges Probe

MOSCOW (AP) -- The humanitarian aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres on Wednesday urged Russia to work harder to solve the kidnapping of a Dutch employee who was abducted nearly six months ago in Dagestan.

Arjan Erkel, the 32-year-old head of the Northern Caucasus mission of MSF, was abducted in June.

"There is no doubt that the responsibility for resolution of this tragic case lies with the Russian federal authorities. We strongly believe in MSF that more political engagement is necessary at a high level in the Russian Federation," MSF president Morten Rostrup said.

There has been no contact with the kidnappers, Rostrup said.

LUKoil Case Closed

MOSCOW (MT) -- The investigation into the mysterious kidnapping of LUKoil vice president Sergei Kukura was suspended by the Moscow region's prosecutor's office, the RBC news agency reported Wednesday citing prosecutors.

The investigation was suspended because detectives were not able to name any suspects, RBC reported.

Kukura was kidnapped on Sept. 12 and was released days later in southwestern Russia. No ransom was paid, officials said at the time.

15,432 Deported

MOSCOW (MT) -- The Interior Ministry said 15,432 foreigners were deported in 2002, Interfax reported Wednesday.

The ministry was quoted as saying that 1,257,621 foreigners and resident aliens were charged with legal violations last year. More than 21,000 Russian officials were disciplined for illegally registering foreigners.

The report said 405,000 foreigners made unofficial visits to Russia last year, a more than 30 percent increase on 2001.

Emergency Landing

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Tu-154 jet with 151 people on board made a successful emergency landing at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport on Wednesday after suffering engine trouble, said Oleg Semenog, spokesman for St. Petersburg's emergency department.

He said nobody was hurt.

One of the engines failed during the flight from the northern Siberian city of Novy Urengoi, Seminog said.