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Perm Teacher Wins $2,400
A Perm region court on Thursday approved a claim seeking 75,000 rubles ($2,400) from the state in court costs for local teacher Alexander Ponosov, who was cleared last year of using unlicensed software, Interfax reported.
He was fined 5,000 rubles for illegally installing Microsoft’s Windows operating system in his school, but the ruling was overturned in December. The Vereshchaginky District Court on Thursday declined Ponosov’s request for 300,000 rubles in damages but agreed to award 75,000 rubles.
Ponosov said he would seek an apology from the Vereshchaginky district prosecutor. “Three years of lawsuits have taken a toll on my nerves and brought me pain,” he told Interfax.

Black Sea Diplomat Leaving
KIEV — A Russian diplomat looking after the country’s Black Sea Fleet, based in Ukraine, said Thursday that he would leave by next week, media reported amid tension over the fleet.
News agencies quoted Vasily Lysenko as saying he would leave by Tuesday. Agencies had said Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry had ordered Lysenko out. Russian diplomats and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry declined comment.
Sevastopol police said Thursday that officers stopped a convoy of Russian trucks carrying cruise missiles through the town, three days before celebrations for Russia’s annual Navy Day.

2 Killed in Dorm Collapse
ROSTOV-ON-DON — Emergency officials in southern Russia said Thursday that the bodies of a woman and a child have been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed factory dormitory.
Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Oleg Grekov said the bodies were found Thursday, a day after the five-story structure in Astrakhan collapsed. They were the first fatalities reported in the incident, believed to have been caused because the building had fallen into disrepair.  

Belarus Finds NKVD Dead
MINSK — More than 20 bodies of victims shot in the 1940s, almost certainly by the NKVD secret police, have been found in a church in northern Belarus, historians said Thursday.
Yaroslav Bernyakovich, a local history enthusiast, said a youth group came across the bodies while exploring disused parts of a church in Glubokoye. The town was part of Poland between the World Wars but reverted to Belarus after Nazi and Soviet leaders divided up Eastern European states in 1939.
“While conducting a dig in the church, the group came upon a bricked-up cellar and discovered 21 bodies of people who had been shot,” Bernyakovich said. “They stopped work because of the strong smell of the corpses.” He said the dead included two adolescents and possibly a number of women.