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Tsvetkov Murder Trial Starts

The Moscow City Court opened preliminary hearings Tuesday into the assassination of Magadan Governor Valentin Tsvetkov in 2002.

Defense lawyers asked for a jury trial and requested that the case be sent back to prosecutors to be corrected for violations, Interfax reported. The court is to rule on the requests Wednesday.

Prosecutors have charged four in Tsvetkov's killing. They say Tsvetkov was shot as he exited a car on Moscow's Novy Arbat because he had created a company that had a monopoly on fishing in the region. (MT)

Arrest for Putin in Drag

A Voronezh artist faces jail time after he attempted to hang a portrait of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin dressed in a female gown and sporting long black hair in Voronezh's City Hall during the Russia Day holiday, the Novy Region news agency reported Tuesday.

Alexander Shchednov was detained by police for 12 hours Friday night and charged with public swearing, the report said. Shchednov, who faces a fine of up to 2,500 rubles ($80) and 15 days in jail, failed to appear at an appointed court hearing Monday. The hearing was postponed until police locate him. (MT)

4 Killed in Adygeya Clash

Four men were shot dead and one was wounded in a firefight between criminal groups in the Maikop region of the tiny Adygeya republic, the Investigative Committee said Tuesday.

Rival groups from the Krasnodar region and Adygeya clashed with hunting weapons late Monday, it said. All the victims were from Krasnodar. Nine suspects were detained. (MT)

No Sovereign Rights in Space

No country should be able to claim "sovereign rights" to property on the moon, Federal Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov said Tuesday.

Perminov said achievements in space exploration did not give any country rights to spatial territory. (MT)