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News in Brief

TV Personality in Rape Case

A court sentenced a popular member of the television quiz show "Chto? Gde? Kogda?" to a suspended sentence of 4 1/2 years Wednesday for rape and illegal imprisonment, reported.

The performer, Georgy Zharkov, 41, was convicted of keeping a 19-year-old man locked in a rented apartment in the city of Vladimir and forcing him to have sex in November 2004, the report said. The captive, identified only as Alexander, escaped the 10th-floor apartment by tying sheets into a rope and climbing out of a window. He slipped while descending, falling on an Audi sedan parked below, seriously damaging it.

In addition to the suspended sentence, the Vladimir court ordered Zharkov to pay 100,000 rubles to the owner of the Audi and 15,000 rubles to Alexander. (MT)

Chechen Held Over Blast

A court in the Novgorod region has sanctioned the detention of an ethnic Chechen for 10 days in connection with the Aug. 13 bombing of a Moscow-St. Petersburg train, Kommersant reported Wednesday.

The suspect, Khasan Didigov, matches a composite sketch of a man seen loitering near the blast site, the report said, citing sources close the investigation.

The suspect was jailed for hooliganism last year and told a fellow inmate that he planned to blow up a bridge, it said. (MT)

Narcotics Officer Detained

Authorities have detained a midlevel narcotics officer they say was behind large-scale drug sales over the Internet.

The officer, a lieutenant colonel and department head in the Moscow division of the Federal Drug Control Service, was detained by officials of that agency, Interfax reported late Tuesday.

The drug control agency said the suspect organized drug sales over the Internet and that a close female relative carried out the sales. Proceeds were laundered through banks.

The relative was also detained, and authorities searching her home found more than a kilogram of heroin, an electronic scale, a computer containing information about the sales and 245,000 rubles ($9,500). (AP)