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News in Brief

CFE Treaty Moratorium

First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Thursday that Russia would no longer inform NATO states about movements of troops on its territory, confirming a decision to freeze its commitments under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

President Vladimir Putin declared a moratorium on the treaty in his state-of-the-nation address last week. (Reuters)

New Free Speech Index

The Public Chamber and state-owned polling agency VTsIOM will develop a "freedom of speech index" for the country, Interfax reported Thursday.

The index will provide an "unbiased picture" of freedom of speech in Russia, unlike assessments by "various foreign organizations," Public Chamber member Yelena Zelinskaya told Interfax.

Two U.S. media watchdogs criticized Russian media freedom this week. (MT)

Azeri Held for Bomb Threat

Volgograd police detained an Azeri woman Thursday after she had threatened to detonate explosives on a flight from Moscow, Interfax reported.

The unidentifed woman, 34, locked herself in the lavatory shortly before the Tu-134 began its descent into Volgograd and announced to flight attendants that she would cause an explosion. No explosives were found. (MT)

Metro Station to Shut Down

The Elektrozavodskaya metro station will be shut down for almost a year while it undergoes repairs, a City Hall source said, Interfax reported Thursday.

The station will be closed for repairs from May 19 until April 30. Extra bus routes will be organized from the next station east, Semyonovskaya, to the Elektrozavodskaya metro station. (MT)

For the Record

Arkhangelsk Mayor Alexander Donskoi is being investigated on suspicion of abuse of office for purportedly dipping into city coffers to pay for bodyguards for himself and his family, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday. (MT)

Participants in rallies for the legalization of marijuana could face fines for promoting illegal drugs, the Federal Drug Control Service said Thursday. A "Hemp March" is planned Saturday in Moscow and other cities. (MT)