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News in Brief

Putin to Kick Off Election

President Vladimir Putin will kick off the country's electoral season near the start of September, the head of the Central Elections Commission said Tuesday.

Election campaigns for the State Duma will get underway once Putin formally signs the appropriate decree, Vladimir Churov said. The vote is due to take place on Dec. 2.

The Duma polls are widely expected to consolidate the control of pro-Kremlin parties in the legislature.

Putin will sign the decree "on Sept. 1, plus or minus two to three days," Churov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

He predicted that voting in the country of 142 million would pass off without incident on the "calmest, safest, sunny frosty day," RIA-Novosti reported. (Reuters)

Limit for Liquids on Flights

The Justice Ministry has approved a decree by the Transportation Ministry restricting the amount of liquids passengers can take on aircraft.

The decree, forbidding passengers from taking more than 1 liter of liquid in their hand luggage, will come into effect when it is published in the government newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing Transportation Ministry spokespeople.

Liquids other than medicine and baby food will also have to be packed in transparent containers.

Exceptions to the restrictions include beverages and cosmetics bought in duty-free, which will be allowed on board after inspection. (MT)

Harry Potter Under Guard

There is going to be unprecedented security for the printing of the translation of the final Harry Potter book.

The seventh book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be produced at Nizhny Novgorod printer Nizhpoligraf, Interfax reported Tuesday. As many as 15 security guards will keep watch so as to stop any theft of the text, a Nizhpoligraf spokesman was quoted as saying.

Printing will begin Wednesday, and the book will go on sale Sept. 1. (MT)

Khrennikov Dead at 94

Russian composer Tikhon Khrennikov, who was the head of the Composer's Union from 1948 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, died of a heart attack early Tuesday morning, Interfax reported. He was 94.

As head of the Composer's Union, Khrennikov took part in the official criticism of composers like Dmitry Shostokovich and Sergei Prokofiev in the mid-1940s. He is credited by some, however, for using his position to try to shield Soviet composers during the period.

Khrennikov's work included dozens of symphonic compositions, operettas and film scores.

He will be buried in his hometown of Yelets, in the Lipetsk region. (MT)

Georgian Prison Busted Up

TBILISI, Georgia -- Inmates smashed up a prison in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, breaking windows and destroying lights before violence was quelled by security forces early Tuesday.

A Justice Ministry spokeswoman said the trouble began as a squabble among prisoners and that none had made any demands on the administration. She said 12 prisoners had slashed their wrists in protest at the intervention by police.

There was no independent confirmation of what caused the violence.

Georgian television showed pictures of young, thin prisoners on the second floor of the jail pushing wooden doors through the bars and shouting at guards in the courtyard below. (Reuters)