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News in Brief

Sutyagin Seeks Putin Pardon

Igor Sutyagin, an arms control researcher convicted of espionage, has asked President Vladimir Putin for a pardon, Sutyagin's lawyer said Tuesday.

The scientist has written a one-page appeal to Putin and attached 19 more pages explaining why he is innocent, his lawyer, Anna Stavitskaya, told Ekho Moskvy radio.

The appeal has already been sent to the presidential pardons commission, Stavitskaya said. A regional pardons commission has already rejected a similar appeal by Sutyagin.

Sutyagin was convicted in 2004 of selling sensitive information on nuclear submarines and missile-warning systems to a British company suspected of being a CIA cover. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail, though he insists he had no access to classified information. (MT)

Voronezh Reporter Killed

A journalist in Voronezh has been found beaten to death in his apartment, RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday.

Dmitry Prigorodov, editor of the Zhitye-Byte newspaper, was found dead in his apartment Sunday, Mikhail Usov, a spokesman for the Voronezh regional prosecutors office, told RIA-Novosti.

Prigorodov, 33, had suffered head injuries, which could not have been caused by an accidental fall, Usov said.

The door of his apartment was locked from inside, Usov said. Prigorodov had previously worked as a journalist for the Moyo newspaper. (MT)

Former Deputy's Arrest

The Tverskoi District Court on Monday sanctioned the arrest of former State Duma Deputy Maxim Vasilyev, the former head of Neftkhimprom, on suspicion of real estate fraud.

Vasilyev, 39, a former adviser to Moscow region Governor Boris Gromov, is suspected of accepting a 50 million ruble ($1.9 million) advance on a property sale and later refusing to sign the deal or return the money. (MT)

Kommersant Radio Planned

Metals magnate Alisher Usmanov, owner of the independent-minded national daily Kommersant, plans to launch an FM talk radio station with the Kommersant brand name, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

The radio station would begin broadcasting early next year, Pavel Filenko, commercial director of the Kommersant publishing house, told Vedomosti. (MT)

For the Record

The State Duma is likely to ratify a 2005 treaty with NATO allowing joint military exercises on Russian territory between Russian and NATO forces, Vedomosti reported Tuesday. (MT)

Gennady Onishchenko, the country's chief epidemiologist, has demanded that use of a common hepatitis-B vaccine, South Korean-made Euvax B, be discontinued in Russia following a World Health Organization report saying the drug is dangerous for children. (MT)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Tuesday that he had asked a Kiev court to prevent the Constitutional Court from ruling on his decree dissolving parliament, adding yet another legal twist to the political jockeying between him and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. (AP)

A French appeals court on Tuesday confirmed the convictions of 11 of 13 defendants for their roles in preparing an attack in France in support of Islamic fighters in Chechnya and toughened the sentences in most cases, with prison terms of two to 10 years. (AP)

Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Vondra said Tuesday that Russia had so far rejected all U.S. offers to participate in a missile shield to be deployed in the Czech Republic and Poland. (Reuters)