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News in Brief

Terrorist Alert in Moscow

Authorities on Tuesday said they had received information from foreign source which suggested terrorists were planning to strike a Moscow public transport system.

News agencies quoted Federal Security Service Chairman Nikolai Patrushev as telling all citizens and officials to be on high alert.

"The Federal Anti-Terrorist Committee has received information from foreign partners, which is now being checked, on a possible terrorist attack on transport systems and the metro," Patrushev told news agencies.

He said he had ordered search operations and preventative action.

Chechen separatists have fought two wars against Russia since 1994. In the past few years, they have attacked Moscow's metro and concert venues and taken hundreds of prisoners in a theater siege in central Moscow and at a school in Beslan. (Reuters)

Bribe Case Goes to Trial

The Moscow City Court decided Tuesday it would begin hearing a case Saturday in which officials are accused of extorting a $1 million bribe from a Moscow bank, Interfax reported.

Oleg Alexeyev of the Federal Tax Service and Alexei Mishin of the Moscow branch of the Central Bank were detained in October 2005 as the head of a Moscow bank was passing them $1 million in cash, prosecutors say.

Alexeyev and Mishin are accused of demanding $5.3 million from the chairman of the board of Rossiisky Kapital bank, Alexei Ivashchenko, in exchange for rescinding tax claims against the bank. (MT)