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News in Brief

Yeltsin Library Approved

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the creation of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

The library, which will be housed in the Synod building in St. Petersburg, will cover the history of Russia and will house an electronic version of the State Historical Archive. It will have branches in every region of the country.

Built from 1829 to 1834, the Senate and Synod building is on Decembrist Square in the center of St Petersburg. Putin announced the creation of the library following Yeltsin's death in April.

The library will especially focus on modern Russian history, said Vladimir Kozhin, head of the Kremlin Property Department and chief of the library's founding committee, Interfax reported. Access will be free. (MT)

New Luzhkov Term

Mayor Yury Luzhkov is likely to be nominated for a new term by week's end, Interfax reported Tuesday.

City Duma deputies would then approve Luzhkov's candidacy by mid-July, when their summer vacation starts, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing a meeting Friday of the presidential envoy to the Central Federal District, Georgy Poltavchenko, with City Duma representatives.

Late last week, Luzhkov forwarded a letter to Putin asking him to renominate Poltavchenko to the post. (MT)

Great Russia Passes Barrier

Great Russia, founded on the initiative of former Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin, said it has collected the 50,000 signatures necessary to register as a political party.

"Membership of the party was 51,203 people as of Monday," Duma Deputy Rogozin told Interfax.

Under the law, a political party has to have a minimum of 50,000 members to be registered by the Federal Registration Service. Only registered parties can take part in State Duma elections in December. Great Russia will try to register next week. (MT)

Soldier Toll Up in Chechnya

The share of combat casualties in the overall mortality rate of the armed forces has increased to 16.3 percent in the first five months of this year from 10 percent in the same period in 2006, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Tuesday.

An average of six Defense Ministry servicemen died in Chechnya per month from January through May compared to five per month in the same period last year, the report said, citing ministry figures. A total of 184 ministry servicemen died from January to May, it said. (MT)

Estonia Air Space Violations

TALLINN, Estonia -- A Russian jet violated Estonia's airspace twice during a flight to the exclave of Kaliningrad, military officials said Tuesday.

Estonian air traffic controllers failed to establish contact with the Tu-154, and officials notified a NATO center in Germany about the incident.

It was unclear whether the plane was on a military or a civilian flight. (AP)

Duma May Punish Slackers

The State Duma will consider a bill requiring able-bodied people living on state unemployment assistance to do socially beneficial work or face sharp cuts in their benefits, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Tuesday.

Unemployed people might have to sweep streets or clean boulevards, the newspaper said, comparing the proposal to an old Soviet-era law on parasitism, which was often invoked as punishment against "antisocial elements."

Under the bill, which was sent to the Duma in May by the Sverdlovsk region legislature, unemployed people who refused to do such work would face a 50 percent cut in their benefits after three months. Those who still refused after eight months could face a complete cutoff of payments. In both cases, the cutoffs would be temporary, lasting no longer than three months.

The proposal may come up for a vote in the Duma this fall. (MT)