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News in Brief

Chechen Exhibit Removed

BRUSSELS -- The European Parliament has removed an exhibition of pictures showing wounded Chechens, mass graves and other atrocities from the war in Chechnya, drawing accusations of censorship from the organizers.

A parliament spokesman said the 300 pictures were taken down Tuesday night, hours after the display opened, because some images were too brutal. Also among the prints was one of President Vladimir Putin embracing other world leaders.

The EU lawmakers who organized the exhibition, former Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis and Polish Deputy Konrad Szymanski, called the move a "dishonorable example of lawlessness of censorship" in a protest letter.

"It brings shame and moral injustice to this assembly," they wrote, demanding that the exhibition be reopened. (Reuters)

Lugovoi Turns to Needy

Andrei Lugovoi, the former Federal Guard Service officer wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, said he would donate any money he wins in a lawsuit against Kommersant to the needy, Ekho Moskvy radio reported Wednesday.

Lugovoi is asking for 20 million rubles ($790,000) after an article appeared that referred to Litvinenko as "his victim." The case is being heard in Moscow's Tverskoi District Court. The court will resume proceedings on Nov. 6. (MT)

Kozak Has New Deputy

Kamil Iskhakov, the presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District, has been named deputy regional development minister, Interfax reported Wednesday.

He is the fifth deputy of newly appointment Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is a former presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District. (MT)

Space Forces Warning

The Space Forces commander has vowed to retaliate with an arms race if any country started putting weapon systems into orbit.

"We need to have strong rules about space, to avoid its militarization, and if any country places a weapon in space, then our response will be the same," Colonel-General Vladimir Popovkin told the newspaper Trud in remarks published Wednesday.

Although the Space Forces were left blind in some areas after the Soviet collapse, it is now reorganized, Popovkin added.

"In 2009, we'll begin testing a new generation satellite. Already, Russia can detect any ballistic missile being launched from earth toward Russia," he said. (Reuters)

U.S. Eyes Armenia Vote

WASHINGTON -- A measure to declare that the World War I-era killings of Armenians was genocide is expected to advance in the U.S. Congress next week, despite opposition from the White House and Turkey's warning that its relations with Washington could be badly damaged.

Similar measures have been debated in Congress for decades, but have repeatedly been thwarted amid concerns about damaging relations with Turkey, an important NATO ally.

Tuesday's announcement by the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee that it would consider the resolution Oct. 10 signals that the Democratic leaders, who control the House, support the measure. (AP)