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News in Brief

Toy Gun Bandit Nabbed

A 27-year-old schoolteacher brandishing a toy pistol robbed a stationery store in St. Petersburg, reported Tuesday, citing the city's police.

The teacher, whose name was not released, took 2,000 rubles ($80) from a salesman and another 600 rubles ($23) from the store's administrator while threatening them with the toy.

Police, alerted by store personnel, apprehended the man not far from the store. (MT)

Hijackers Escape With Meat

Three unidentified assailants hijacked and stole a MAN truck loaded with 25 tons of meat in the west of the city on Tuesday, Moscow police said, reported.

The hijackers drove the truck out of Moscow and then let the driver go near the town of Odintsovo.

The stolen meat was worth of 1.7 million rubles ($66,000), police said. (MT)

Abkhaz Deny Plane Crash

The head of the environmental service in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia, Roman Dbar, has denied that it was a Russian aircraft shot down by Georgian police that crashed in Abkhazia's Kodor Gorge last week.

Dbar told Novosti-Gruzya news agency Tuesday that what was involved was a piece of "space junk."

Georgia's Interior Ministry maintains that its officers opened "preventive fire" and downed a Russian plane that had violated Georgia's airspace Aug. 22.

Russian officials denied having anything to do with the incident. (MT)

Gagarin Kin Don't Like Film

Relatives of Yury Gagarin, the first man to travel into space, have demanded his name be removed from the title and content of the recently released film "Gagarin's Grandson," Ekho Moskvy radio reported Tuesday.

The relatives said the movie described events that never took place in the cosmonaut's life.

Sergei Shestakov, the executive director of the film's distributor, CentralPartnership, said the demands had no legal basis because the movie's plot is fictional and the figure of Gagarin himself does not appear. (MT)

TV Host Questioned

Film director and television host Tigran Keosayan will be questioned by prosecutors on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred, Interfax reported Tuesday.

In the episode, Keosayan recalled an incident from his youth when he was teased at school for being non-Russian and his father advised him to throw a rock at his abuser. State Duma Deputy Nikolai Kuryanovich charged that the remarks incited hatred against Russians. (MT)