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News in Brief

Medvedev's Popularity Dips

The popularity of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fell in January, a poll showed.

Medvedev's approval rating dropped to 69 percent from 72 percent in December, reaching the lowest point since he became president in May, state-run VTsIOM said. Putin had the support of 74 percent, down from 77 percent a month earlier. The margin of error was 3 percentage points. (Bloomberg)

Belykh to Sell Official Car

New Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh will sell the expensive Lexus LX 570 sports utility vehicle acquired by his predecessor and use his own car instead, news reports said Tuesday.

Belykh, former leader of the Union of Right Forces, said the money raised from the sale would be transferred to the region's budget. The car was bought last year for $150,000. He said he would use his own Land Cruiser 200 SUV for work-related travel. (MT)

Guard Mistaken for Rebel

A man killed by Dagestani police on suspicion of being a militant was a security officer for a town mayor, investigators said Tuesday.

The man was killed Sunday when police opened fire on a car near the town of Khasavyurt after the driver refused to stop for a document check. Two other men in the car were wounded.

Police initially said the three victims were suspected militants. But Dagestan's chief investigator, Nizami Radzhabov, said Tuesday that the dead victim was a security officer at the Khasavyurt mayor's office and that one of the two wounded is a local policeman.

Radzhabov said the police had been warned that militants might be traveling in the same kind of car. (AP)

For the Record

Kremlin envoy Anatoly Safronov on Tuesday urged Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev, who is wanted on terrorism charges, to return home and clear his name in Russian courts. (MT)

Russia's Navy denied on Tuesday that any of its ships could have caused a 300-ton oil slick discovered off the coast of Ireland, though it confirmed that its vessels had refueled nearby. (Reuters)