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News in Brief

Fans Detained for Taunts

Five football fans have been detained in Moscow on charges of inciting ethnic hatred for shouting anti-Semitic slogans at Makkabi, a Jewish team, during an amateur match, Interfax reported Wednesday.

The match took place in the Moscow region town of Vnukovo in April.

The fans also unraveled a banner reading "Happy Holocaust," an unidentified source within a Moscow law enforcement agency told Interfax. The Solntsevo District Prosecutor's Office has opened a criminal case over the incident. (MT)

Artyakov Passes Samara Test

Vladimir Artyakov, former general director of Samara-based carmaker AvtoVAZ, was confirmed as Samara governor by the regional legislative assembly and sworn in Wednesday, Interfax reported.

Artyakov, 48, replaced Governor Konstantin Titov after 16 years in office what analysts called the result of lobbying by Sergei Chemezov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin and the general director of the state arms export monopoly, Rosoboronexport, which controls AvtoVAZ.

Last year, Artyakov joined the pro-presidential United Russia party, which holds the majority of seats in the regional legislature. (MT)

Court Names 10 Charged

Moscow's Basmanny District Court said it had sanctioned the arrest of a city police official, along with nine other people suspected in the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya in October, the Moscow City Court said Wednesday.

The arrest of Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, a former officer of the city's organized crime department, was confirmed Aug. 24, court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova told Interfax.

The nine other suspects identified by Usachyova were: Alexei Berkin, Dmitry Lebedev, Oleg Alimov, Magomed Dimelkhanov, Akhmed Isayev, Dmitry Grachev and three brothers, Tamerlan, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov.

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika announced the arrests Monday. (MT)

Polish Musicians Poisoned

Fifteen members of a youth symphony orchestra from the Polish city of Wroclaw were hospitalized while on tour in the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district after being diagnosed with food poisoning, Interfax reported.

The musicians were taken to the infectious disease ward of the Nefteyugansk City Hospital on Tuesday, a source in the local police told Interfax.

Their lives are not in danger, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday.

The Polish musicians came to the region to participate in the second international festival of youth symphony orchestras, "Euro-orchestra in Russia 2007," the source said.

The cause of the poisoning was still under investigation, a police spokesperson said, Interfax reported. (MT)

Peacekeepers Released

Georgia freed 15 Russian peacekeepers Wednesday who had been detained overnight following their involvement in a car accident with a Georgian minibus.

"All 15, including the driver, as well as their car, were released at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after consultations," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Vyacheslav Sedov said, the ministry's web site reported.

The Russian peacekeepers' car collided with a Georgian minibus near the village of Zugdidi at around 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Defense Ministry's web site said. (MT)