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British Council’s Tax Case

Moscow’s Ninth Arbitration Court on Thursday threw out the majority of 200 million rubles ($6.4 million) in tax claims the British Council is facing, although it did not say by how much it was reducing the claims, RIA-Novosti reported.

In January 2008, the Federal Tax Service claimed the taxes for 2004 to 2006 from the British Council after a diplomatic spat in which the Foreign Ministry demanded that British authorities close the council’s offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. (MT)

4 Bashkir Bloggers Held

Four bloggers who documented corruption by officials in western Russia have been detained for extremism, local authorities said Thursday.

On their site, which exposes graft among authorities in Bashkortostan, the four posted excerpts from a pamphlet by a prominent government critic. The pamphlet “contained words and expressions calling for unlawful and extremist acts,” regional investigators said in a statement.

It said Sergei Orlov, Nikolai ­Shvetsov, Konstantin Nesterov and Igor Kuchumov were detained under a law for inciting hatred. The site has posted statements from linguists who say there is no evidence of extremist language in the document in question. (Reuters)

3 Killed in Ingushetia

ROSTOV-ON-DON — An official said Thursday that three militants were killed in a security sweep in the Ingush village of Kantyshevo.

Madina Khadziyeva, of the republic’s Interior Ministry, said police were acting on a tip and surrounded a house where suspected militants were holed up. She said the militants refused to surrender and fired at police. (AP)