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News in Brief

Nuclear Reactor Shut Down

An unspecified safety problem prompted an emergency shutdown at a nuclear power plant near Saratov late Monday, the Emergency Situations Ministry announced.

No increase in radiation levels was reported, officials said Tuesday. The incident occurred at the first unit of the Balakovo plant around 11:15 p.m. Monday. The plant has four 1,000-megawatt pressurized water reactors.

Nuclear regulators said the problem had been located and corrected Tuesday morning, and that the reactor could be restarted later in the day. (AP)

Frenkel's Claims Investigated

Prosecutors will investigate claims of corruption in the Central Bank, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Alexei Frenkel made the claims in an open letter posted Jan. 19 on the Kommersant web site. Frenkel, the former head of VIP Bank, is being held on suspicion of organizing the killing of the Central Bank's first deputy chairman, Andrei Kozlov. (MT)

Extension of Term Proposed

Deputy Justice Minister Vladimir Kolesnikov said Monday that the current four-year presidential term should be extended, Interfax reported.

"Is it normal for the president of such a huge country to serve a four-year term? Traveling all over the country would take longer," Kolesnikov said in an address to the Federation Council.

The Constitution limits presidents to two consecutive four-year terms. (AP)

Milinkevich Faces Big Fine

MINSK -- Belarussian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich said Monday that a court ordered him to pay a sizable fine for a border violation in a case he dismissed as politically motivated "revenge" by the nation's authoritarian president, who is barred from much of the West.

Milinkevich said he had received a court order fining him 4.65 million Belarussian rubles ($2,200) and warning that if he did not pay by Feb. 10, he would no longer be allowed to leave the country.

Milinkevich said a court in the capital, Minsk, had found him guilty of deliberately crossing the Belarussian border illegally, in a case that was conducted in his absence. (AP)