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News in Brief

New Buryatia President

President Vladimir Putin has nominated Tomsk Deputy Governor Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn as the new president of the republic of Buryatia, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Putin submitted Nagovitsyn's nomination for approval to Buryatia's legislative assembly on Monday, a source in the assembly told Interfax. The Kremlin confirmed the nomination, Interfax said.

Nagovitsyn, 51, has worked as deputy head of the Tomsk region for the past nine years. He replaces Leonid Potapov, who had presided over the republic since 1994.

On Tuesday, Putin renominated Belgorod Governor Yevgeny Savchenko for a fifth term. (MT)

British Man Assaulted

A traffic police officer in Lipetsk is being investigated on suspicion of assaulting a British citizen last week after pulling him over for speeding.

The officer pulled over the 39-year-old British man, who has lived in Lipetsk for three years, on the morning of May 31, pulled him out of the car and hit him, the foreigner's wife told

Tatyana Tkachyova, spokeswoman for the regional prosecutor's office, said the officer denied beating the man but that prosecutors opened an investigation after a medical examination showed the British man had been injured, reported. (MT)

Extended Presidential Term

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said Wednesday that the parliament could look into extending the presidential term only in late 2008, after President Vladimir Putin leaves office.

The statement appeared aimed at dampening persistent speculation that Putin aims to stay in office past the end of his second term in April. The Constitution allows only two consecutive four-year terms.

Putin said in an interview this week that he believed the presidential term should be longer than four years. (AP)

U.S. Congress Backs Estonia

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution supporting Estonia amid tension with Russia since the removal in April of a monument commemorating a Red Army victory in World War II.

The resolution, which passed 412-0, expressed solidarity with Estonia and condemned violence in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and Moscow.

The carefully worded resolution, which is not binding on U.S. foreign policy, avoided direct condemnation of Russia, but noted Russia's refusal of a request by the Estonian government for cooperation during the crisis.

The U.S. Senate also passed a resolution last month condemning the violent reaction to the statue's removal. (AP)

Executive Killed in Kiev

KIEV -- Gunmen burst into an office during a meeting in Kiev and fatally shot the director of a major electronics company in Ukraine -- the latest in a series of killings of businessmen in the country.

Two men wearing sunglasses entered the office of Radio Market director Hennadiy Suprunenko, city police spokesman Volodymyr Polishchuk said.

They ordered Suprunenko to stand up and everybody else in the room to lie down on the floor, then fired about nine bullets at Suprunenko, who died at the scene, Polishchuk said. (AP)