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News in Brief

Tyagachyov for Senator

United Russia deputies in the Rostov region have nominated Russian Olympic Committee chief Leonid Tyagachyov to represent the region in the Federation Council, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

Alexander Popov, speaker of the regional legislature, said Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov backed the idea. Tyagachyov's candidature is to be confirmed when the regional legislature convenes Thursday.

Tyagachyov said he considered the post "an important and honorable" task, Ekho Moskvy reported. Since Tyagachyov, a champion skier, was re-elected as Olympic chief in 2005, his main task has been boosting Sochi's bid to host the 2014 Olympic Games. (MT)

Shooting at Belorusskaya

Armed assailants shot dead the driver of a cash courier vehicle and fled with an unspecified amount of cash near the Belorusskaya metro station on Monday, Itar-Tass reported.

A second man was hospitalized with gunshot wounds in the attack, which took place at around 1:30 p.m. His condition was critical.

Police said they failed in their pursuit of the getaway vehicle. No names were released, and police did not yet know how much money was stolen.

Thirty such robberies took place in the first four months of 2007. Ninety-one were reported in all of 2006. (MT)

444 Ill With Food Poisoning

The number of foreign workers constructing the Sheremetevo-3 airport terminal hospitalized for food poisoning has grown to 444, Moscow region health officials said Monday.

Workers were diagnosed with salmonella poisoning after falling ill from a meal of fried potatoes and ground meat on June 17. The patients included citizens of Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan employed by the Turkish construction firm Enka. In addition to the Sheremetevo-3 terminal, laborers were working on the IKEA Business Park in Khimki, Interfax reported.

Doctors said 14 patients had recovered and that the rest were expected to be discharged from the hospital by the end of the week. (MT)

33% Know Anthem's Words

Only 33 percent of Russians can correctly recite the opening words to the Russian national anthem, and 55 percent know exactly what the country's flag looks like, according to a VTsIOM poll released Monday.

Of the 1,599 respondents polled in 46 regions in mid-June, 33 percent incorrectly recited the opening words of the anthem, while 35 percent had difficulty answering. Thirty-four percent knew that red, blue and white were the colors of the Russian flag but did not know their order on the flag. The poll had a 3.4 percent margin of error. (MT)

Exotic Animals Seized

Police seized a stash of exotic lizards, snakes and birds from a bus driver Monday in Rostov-on-Don, where authorities believe they were to be rented out to photographers on the Black Sea coast.

The animals included two striped monitor lizards, two boa constrictors, six pythons, three geckos and four parrots, RIA-Novosti reported.

A person in Moscow had asked the driver to deliver the animals to a relative in Rostov-on-Don. The animals are being kept in the zoo there while police look for the person in Moscow responsible for sending them on the bus. (MT)