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News in Brief

British Council Gets Offer

Moscow is ready to negotiate a resumption of the British Council's work in a number of Russian regions in exchange for simpler visa procedures for Russian citizens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said Thursday, RIA-Novosti reported.

The council bowed to Russia's requests to close its offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg in early 2008, after police questioned local staff in what Britain's foreign minister described at the time as unacceptable harassment.

Both sides linked the closures to a diplomatic spat over the 2006 murder in London of former security services officer Alexander Litvinenko. (MT)

Arrest in Yamadayev Case

Moscow's Basmanny District Court sanctioned the arrest of Lom-Pashi Khatsuyev on Thursday in connection with the September slaying of Ruslan Yamadayev, a brother of Sulim Yamadayev, shot down in Dubai last month, Interfax reported.

Meanwhile, two suspects, Timur Isayev and Aslanbek Dadayev, were arrested Thursday in the attempted murder of Konvers Group bank chairman Alexander Antonov on March 11. Police said the two might be connected to Ruslan Yamadayev's murder. (MT)

Monaco Denies Kidnap Plot

Monaco police have denied that there was an attempt to kidnap the daughter of Federation Council Senator Andrei Vavilov, Kommersant reported Thursday.

Police said Vavilov's 4-year-old daughter was approached by a homeless person of Armenian descent as she was taking a walk with her parents while on vacation in Monaco on Tuesday. The homeless person spoke to the girl but didn't try to kidnap her, police said.

Vavilov has not asked police to press charges against the supposed kidnapper, police said.

Vavilov told RIA-Novosti on Wednesday that strangers had attempted to kidnap his daughter and that he had reported it to the police. (MT)