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Next Arms Talks on May 18

U.S. and Russian officials will meet in Moscow from May 18 to 20 for the next round of negotiations aimed at reaching a new treaty to curb nuclear weapons, Ekho Moskvy radio reported Monday, citing the Foreign Ministry.

The first round was held last Friday in Rome, and Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama have instructed negotiators to report back on their progress by July, when Obama will make his first visit to Russia. The two sides are trying to fashion a replacement for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires Dec. 5. (MT)

Russia to Appeal Rights Case

Russia will appeal a ruling by Europe's top human rights court that former Moscow judge Olga Kudeshkina was wrongfully dismissed after complaining of facing pressure from her superiors, Vedomosti reported Monday.

The European Court of Human Rights made the ruling in late February and ordered Russia to pay Kudeshkina 10,000 euros ($12,700).

Kudeshkina has said the Moscow City Court's chief judge, Olga Yegorova, had pressed her to falsify documents and halt the proceedings in the case of Interior Ministry investigator Pavel Zaitsev, who headed a fraud probe connected to the Tri Kita furniture store. (MT)

Lavrov Slams War Games

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday criticized NATO exercises in Georgia next month as harmful and said other countries should join Russia in boycotting them.

NATO had invited Russia to send observers to the nearly monthlong exercises that will involve 1,300 troops from NATO members and other countries.

"Of course, Russia will not be participating and advises other countries against doing so," Lavrov said. "We believe that these exercises, in the current environment, are harmful." (Reuters)

Newspaper Investigated

An independent newspaper in the republic of Mordovia is being investigated on extremism charges, reported Monday.

Mordovia's top court has ordered that a 2007 case against the newspaper Erzyan Mastor be reopened after an independent review found signs that it had incited ethnic and religious hatred.

Erzyan Mastor is the last independent newspaper in the republic after two other papers, Saransky Kuryer and Mordovia Segodnya, were shut down ahead of the 2007 State Duma elections, said. (MT)

Su-35 Jet Crashes

An Su-35 fighter jet crashed Monday after catching fire during military exercises in the Far East, Interfax reported. No one was killed.

The jet caught fire at about 5 p.m. on Monday during a low-speed flight over the Dzemgi airfield in the town of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Khabarovsk region. (MT)

Police Apologize to Mother

St. Petersburg traffic police have apologized after impounding a car with a 1-year-old baby in the back seat, Interfax reported.

A St. Petersburg resident, Tatyana Lukina, had accused the police of negligence and threatened to sue after her illegally parked car was towed from outside the German consulate on Wednesday with her daughter Katya inside.

The two sides reached a resolution after doctors found that the baby had not suffered any psychological trauma, Lukina's lawyer told Interfax . (MT)