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News in Brief

Ryzhkov's Party Appeals

Vladimir Ryzhkov's Republican Party said Monday that it had appealed to the presidium of the Supreme Court to overturn its decision last month to disband the party over a lack of members.

The party said it would present evidence that it has 58,166 members, more than the 50,000 required under the law.

It also said it planned to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg this week. (MT)

Passenger Held at Pulkovo

A 20-year-old man was detained over the weekend at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport after trying to leave the country without declaring more than $140,000 in three currencies, reported Monday.

The man was planning to fly to Warsaw on Saturday with 80,000 euros, $37,000 and 210 rubles -- of which he had only declared $47,800, customs officials told the web site.

The man had stuffed every available pocket and bag with cash, a customs service spokesman said.

Travelers are allowed to take up to $3,000 out of the country without declaring it. (MT)

New Aviation Chief

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov has named Yevgeny Bachurin as head of the Federal Air Transportation Agency, the government said Monday.

Bachurin was promoted from deputy director of the agency, which is part of the Transportation Ministry and oversees the country's airlines and airports.

Bachurin, who had served as deputy director since June, replaces Alexander Yurchik, whom Fradkov removed in connection with a "change of jobs," RIA-Novosti reported. (MT)

Manicurist, 16, Killed

Omsk prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old woman with killing a teenage manicurist who made disparaging remarks about her appearance, reported Monday.

Prosecutors believe the unidentified suspect, who is unemployed, invited the 16-year-old girl to her home to get a manicure March 22.

An argument broke out when the girl ridiculed the woman's appearance, and the woman beat her with a metal rod and then strangled her with a rope, the report said.

The woman disposed of the body in a garbage bin near her apartment building 24 hours later.

If convicted of murder, the woman faces up to life in prison. (MT)

'5,000 Terrorist Web Sites'

About 5,000 web sites in Russian cyberspace have links to terrorist organizations, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said Monday.

Nikolai Sintsov, a committee member, announced the findings at a round table on media cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

In 1998, there were only 12 web sites used by terrorist groups, he said.

The committee is preparing a bill on increasing the accountability of those who run the web sites. "We believe that tough measures should be taken against spreading the idea of terrorism and extremism via the Internet," Sintsov said, Interfax reported. (MT)

Uzbek Held in 2 Deaths

St. Petersburg police have detained an Uzbek migrant worker on suspicion of beating two compatriots to death in the nearby town of Pushkin, Interfax reported Monday.

The two died after a fight broke out among Uzbek migrant workers Saturday night, prosecutors said. The workers were believed to have been drunk. (MT)