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News in Brief

Lukin Frets Over Morar

The country's ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, called on the authorities Saturday to explain why a reporter who wrote critically of the Kremlin had been barred from entering Russia, Interfax reported.

Natalya Morar, a Moldovan citizen who writes for the Moscow-based magazine The New Times, was stopped at Domodedovo Airport a week ago and denied entry without explanation. She has linked the decision to her work.

"I think society wants to know what happened and why, because writing critical materials is not a reason to deny her entry," Lukin said, Interfax reported.

Moldovan citizens do not need visas to enter Russia. Morar, who is now in Moldova, had a Russian work permit and a Moscow residency permit valid until Dec. 31, Interfax said. (MT)

Prosecutors Postpone Probe

The Prosecutor General's Office has postponed an investigation into the activities of the Investigative Committee until spring, Kommersant reported Friday.

The delay is the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle for control with rival factions in the siloviki, former and active security officials close to President Vladimir Putin.

The prosecutor's office announced the investigation earlier this month after the Investigative Committee, formed in September, accused it of overstepping its authority in a fraud investigation into Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak. (MT)

Dobryninskaya Metro Delay

The Dobryninskaya metro station will not reopen until April, RIA-Novosti reported Friday, citing a spokesman for the Moscow metro.

The station, which has been closed since December 2006, was originally supposed to reopen this month. Repair crews are in the process of replacing its escalators, which date back to the 1940s.

The completion date of the project was pushed back because of delays in getting the new escalator equipment, the metro spokesman said. (MT)

For the Record

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday signaled that Russia would accept the European Union replacing the United Nations in Kosovo only with the blessing of Serbia and the UN Security Council, where Moscow holds veto power. (AP)

Iran's influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani voiced irritation Friday at Atomstroiexport's announcement a day earlier that the nuclear plant it is building in Iran would not start work until late next year. (AP)

The bodies of two miners were found during a shift change at the Gukovskaya coal mine in the Rostov region on Saturday, emergency officials said. Both had died of asphyxiation. The circumstances of the deaths were not clear. (AP)

The last 42 seats in the 126-member Public Chamber were filled Saturday, and the group, which is seen as Kremlin friendly, is to hold its first meeting Jan. 22, Interfax reported. (MT)