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News in Brief

Report Cites Rights Decline

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. State Department report said Russia's human rights record had deteriorated over the last year as President Vladimir Putin's government centralized power, restricted free speech and killed civilians in and around Chechnya.

The annual global report singled out numerous politically motivated killings, though it did accuse the government of involvement.

The report comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the United States as Russian officials, including Putin, have criticized the United States for ignoring the interests of other countries on the world stage. (AP)

Burglaries Down in 2006

The Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that the number of reported burglaries nationwide fell by 10 percent in 2006, Interfax reported.

Of some 268,000 reported burglaries, 102,000 were prosecuted in the courts, said Yury Alexeyev, deputy head of the ministry's investigation arm. (MT)

Vladivostok Mayor Arrested

Vladivostok Mayor Vladimir Nikolayev was arrested in Moscow on Tuesday, law enforcement officials told Interfax.

The mayor was suspended from his post on Feb. 28 after prosecutors in the Primorye region opened a criminal investigation into the activities of Nikolayev. He later reinstated himself.

Prosecutors suspect Nikolayev of funding his bodyguards from the city's coffers, using police cars for private escort duty and flying within Russia and abroad on expensive charter planes, Russian television reported. (MT )