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Dagestan Official Dead

MAKHACHKALA (AP) -- A top-ranking regional police officer and three bodyguards were gunned down in the capital of Dagestan on Wednesday, a law enforcement spokesman said, the latest in a series of violent attacks in the troubled republic.

Major General Magomed Omarov, a deputy interior minister for Dagestan, was driving home from work with bodyguards driving behind him in a second car when unknown assailants fired on the cars at around 9 p.m., said Abdul Musayev, a spokesman for the Dagestani Interior Ministry.

Omarov and his bodyguards all died at the scene, near the center of the capital, Makhachkala, Musayev said. Another bodyguard was wounded.

Tyumen Governor

MOSCOW (MT) -- President Vladimir Putin has nominated Tyumen region Governor Sergei Sobyanin for reappointment -- the second nomination under a law that replaced gubernatorial elections with a system where the president submits candidates to regional parliaments for their approval, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying Thursday.

Late last month, Sergei Darkin, the governor of the Primorye region, was nominated for reappointment.

For the Record

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, told a meeting in Washington on Wednesday that a rights crackdown in Russia is victimizing "all strata" of society -- "rich, poor, young and old." (AP)

The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Russia will use preventive strikes against terrorists abroad only as a last resort against a direct threat, a statement meant to emphasize its adherence to international law following repeated warnings from top officials that Moscow could carry out such attacks.


Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Hungarian counterpart, Ferenc Somogyi, praised the countries' burgeoning economic and trade relations Thursday, and said Hungary's EU membership would improve ties rather than drive a wedge between the two countries. (AP)

Pro-Russian separatists who control Moldova's Transdnestr region denied Thursday that they are preparing to attack Moldova. Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and his government said Wednesday that Transdnestr authorities are massing troops in a demilitarized area that has separated the two sides since 1992. But Oleg Gudymo, a top security official in Transdnestr, called the allegations "lies." (AP)