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News in Brief

Ship Goes Down Off Kurils

A Russian fishing vessel sank in the Pacific Ocean Thursday just off Kunashir Island in the southern Kuril Islands, killing one sailor and leaving another missing, emergency official Alexandra Vasichkina said.

The cause of the schooner's sinking was not immediately known. Vasichkina said 12 members of the vessel's crew were rescued, one was found dead and another remained missing.

A search for the missing crewman was under way, Vasichkina said. (AP)

FSB Refuses to Investigate

The Federal Security Service has refused to investigate threats against civil rights activists that were posted in August on the web site of the ultranationalist group Russian Will, Kommersant reported Thursday.

The web site listed eight people, including former human rights ombudsman Sergei Kovalyov, along with their photographs, home addresses and telephone numbers.

The Union of Right Forces asked the Prosecutor General's Office last month to investigate the threats after the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (MT)

Romanov Case Questioned

The Moscow Patriarchate suggested Wednesday that the organizers of an attempt to win political "rehabilitation" for Tsar Nicholas II and his family had ulterior motives, Interfax reported.

"Saints do not need rehabilitation," a church official said.

The official added that the campaign could be an an attempt by Princess Maria Romanova "to proclaim her exclusive right to speak for the Romanov family."

Moscow's Tverskoi District Court on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to reconsider a request by descendants of Tsar Nicholas II to have the monarch and the royal family declared victims of political repression. (MT)

Kosovo PM to Visit Moscow

Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku will make an official visit to Russia from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 to make the case for granting independence to the breakaway province that Serbia is struggling to hold on to with help from Moscow, a senior Kosovo government official said Wednesday. (Reuters)

Suspected Islamists Arrested

Two men have been arrested in western Siberia on suspicion of belonging to the outlawed Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, Interfax reported Thursday.

Mikhail Kapeko, an official with the Tyumen regional branch of the Prosecutor General's Office, said the suspects had been accused of spreading the group's ideology and recruiting new members.

"The organization was eliminated before it had a chance to begin plotting any terrorist attacks," Kapeko was quoted as saying. (AP)

Dissident March Planned

"The Other Russia," a coalition of opposition groups, announced Thursday that it would hold a dissidents' march in Moscow on Dec. 16 to protest civil rights violations by the government.

A statement released by the unregistered National Bolshevik Party, a coalition member, said the march would take place even if city or federal authorities banned it. (MT)