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Yukos Prosecutor Retires

Prosecutor Salavat Karimov, who led the first legal onslaught against Yukos, has retired after not being offered a job in the Prosecutor General's Office's newly formed Investigative Committee, Kommersant reported Monday.

Karimov, who had led the investigation into former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his associate Platon Lebedev for the past nine months, was ordered by Investigative Committee officials to hand over the case to them, Karimov told his colleagues, Kommersant reported.

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika offered Karimov an adviser position, but Karimov turned him down, a Prosecutor General's Office source told Kommersant.

"They have wiped their feet on me," Karimov told his colleagues, Kommersant reported. (MT)

Akayeva Charges Dropped

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Authorities have dropped charges of obstructing justice and contempt of court against the daughter of Kyrgyzstan's ousted president due to lack of evidence, her lawyer said Monday.

Bermet Akayeva was accused of pressuring a regional court to overturn its April decision barring her from running in a parliamentary by-election.

About 2,000 of her supporters had besieged the court building after a judge had disqualified her because she had mostly been living abroad since her father, former President Askar Akayev, was ousted in 2005. Akayeva reportedly tore apart a copy of the court's ruling.

The National Security Committee dropped the charges, which had been brought against Akayeva in August, said her lawyer, Ikramidin Aytkulov. (AP)

Chinese Suspend Search

BEIJING -- Rescuers in northwestern China on Monday suspended the search for three Russians who disappeared while on a canoe trip, citing sandstorms, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Teams aboard two helicopters had planned to scour the upper reaches of the Yurungkax River, where the bodies of three other members of the six-member expedition were found over the weekend.

A sandstorm that kicked up on Sunday afternoon kept them grounded, Xinhua said. It said the storm was expected to lift Tuesday, citing forecasters in the nearby city of Hotan in China's Xinjiang region. (AP)