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News in Brief

Plane Crash Kills 3

MOSCOW (AP) -- A small hydroplane crashed into a house outside Moscow, killing the pilot, his passenger and a man on the ground, an emergency official said Monday.

The crash occurred late Sunday, when the pontoon-equipped plane slammed into a house in the village of Troitskoye, in the Mytishchi district just north of the capital, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Tatyana Strunina said.

A worker on the ground near the house was killed, and the pilot and his female passenger died Monday in a hospital, Strunina said. Itar-Tass reported that the passenger was a young girl.

Emergency and law enforcement officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

Dubrovka Rejections

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court rejected appeals Monday in 21 compensation cases filed by survivors and relatives of victims of last October's hostage-taking raid by Chechen rebels at the Dubrovka theater and the rescue operation that left scores dead.

The Moscow City Court upheld rulings by a lower court that said city authorities were not obligated to pay moral damages, Interfax reported.

Lawyer Igor Trunov has filed 64 moral compensation suits, arguing that the law entitles terrorism victims to compensation from the government of the region where the attack took place. The 21 appeals turned aside Monday were in cases rejected earlier by Moscow's Tverskoi district court.

City officials argue the law on compensation applies only to material damages, not moral, and say they have not ruled out the possibility of paying material damages.

Last week, NTV reported that another lawyer had won about $50,000 in compensation from the city for a client also suing over the hostage raid.

12 Skinheads Tried

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) -- Hearings began Monday in the case against 12 skinheads, five of them minors, who are accused of beating three Central Asian men to death last fall.

Prosecutors say the skinheads attacked the victims for no reason in the city of Volgograd in October, beating them with iron bars.

The victims, two residents of Tajikistan and one resident Uzbekistan, died without regaining consciousness after the attack.

Ex-Paratrooper Dead

MOSCOW (AP) -- A former top official of the elite paratroop forces died Monday of a gunshot wound, and police said it appeared he committed suicide.

Valery Belyayev, chief of staff of the airborne troops from 1991 to 1998, was killed with his own pistol, airborne troops spokesman Nikolai Bragin said.

He said authorities were investigating who fired the gun.

Interfax reported that police believe Belyayev, 60, committed suicide.

The news agency quoted unidentified law enforcement sources as saying that Belyayev's wife told them her husband had lamented that all his friends were dead and that he had no reason to live.

Yevgeny Podkolzin, who was chief of the airborne troops from 1991 to 1996, died last month at the age of 67.

CSKA Signs Croat

ZAGREB, Croatia (Reuters) -- Croatian champion Dinamo Zagreb has sold striker Ivica Olic to CSKA Moscow for 5 million euros ($5.73 million), Dinamo said Monday.

The 24-year-old was the league's top scorer last season with 16 goals and is a regular in the national team after scoring against Italy at the 2002 World Cup finals.

Olic's departure had been expected as he was reported to be negotiating with several Russian and English clubs, but it is still a blow to Dinamo, which faces Maribor of Slovenia for a place in the final qualifying round for the Champions League.

Despite moving to play in Russia, Olik was quoted as saying that he still hopes one day to play in the English Premier League, naming Chelsea as his preferred choice.

"In case I play well, I hope the boss [Roman] Abramovich will move me to Chelsea," Olic was quoted as saying in local daily Jutarnji.