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News in Brief

German Visas Canceled

The German Embassy in Moscow has canceled the visas of hundreds of Russian citizens because of the actions of "unscrupulous" travel agencies, a diplomatic source told Interfax on Wednesday.

Travelers with valid visas have been informed by German border guards that their visas have been annulled, the source said. "It turns out that certain unscrupulous travel agencies filed documents containing false information to the embassy," the source said. (MT)

11 Extremism Charges

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said Wednesday that Moscow authorities had filed charges of extremism in 11 cases in 2006, Interfax reported.

"Nine of those indictments resulted in convictions," Chaika said, adding that the trial of Nikolai Korolyov, one of four Moscow students arrested in connection with the August 2006 bombing at Cherkizovsky market, was nearing an end. (MT)

Assassination Thwarted

Law enforcement agents have thwarted an attempt to assassinate the former district administration head in Saratov, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Ruslan Satabayev was arrested in Grozny on suspicion of planning to poison the Saratov official, whose identity was withheld. Authorities say Chechen rebels ordered the hit. A Federal Security Service source said Satabayev was linked to two agents of rebel leader Doku Umarov. (MT)

Kadyrov Beats Kommersant

Ramzan Kadyrov has won a defamation lawsuit against Kommersant, the Chechen prime minister's lawyer, Alexei Parshin, told Interfax on Wednesday.

The lawsuit focused on statements made by Vissarion Aseyev of North Ossetia in a July article. Parshin said Aseyev had insulted Kadyrov.

Moscow's Tverskoi District Court ruled that the article was defamatory and ordered Kommersant to pay Kadyrov 10,000 rubles ($376) in damages. (MT)

Headscarves for Reporters

The Russian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has ordered traditional headscarves for female members of President Vladimir Putin's press pool in anticipation of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan next week, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Wednesday.

Pool reporter Natalya Galimova of Moskovsky Komsomolets wrote in Wednesday's edition that the Kremlin press service had already called her to determine the size of her hijab, or traditional Arab headscarf. (MT)