News in Brief

Prisoners Cut Themselves

Several hundred prisoners slashed their wrists, necks or legs Tuesday in a coordinated protest over breaches of their rights, media reported.

State television reported that 179 inmates at the Lgov prison camp in the Kursk region sought medical help after inflicting wounds on themselves.

The reports did not spell out exactly what had driven them to their protest.

The For Human Rights organization said 500 prisoners had taken part in the protests, while media figures ranged from 240 to 700.

Local prosecutors said the protest had been well planned. "The actions of the convicts were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the camp," the local prosecutor's office told Interfax. (Reuters)

Berezovsky Visits Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia -- Self-exiled businessman Boris Berezovsky, who is wanted by Russia for fraud and theft, visited Georgia twice this month, Georgia's Rustavi-2 television reported.

Border guard officials said Berezovsky had entered the country using a passport that bore the name Platon Yelenin and was issued by British authorities, but did not give further details.

Tsisana Chepkhodze, the deputy head of a school in the Black Sea resort of Ureki, told the channel that Berezovsky had visited the area twice with Badri Patarkatsishvili, a former Georgian business partner. (AP)

Suspected Militant Killed

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Police shot and killed a suspected militant and detained two others Tuesday in Ingushetia, the regional Interior Ministry said.

The clash followed the killing of a high-ranking engineer in the troubled region's electricity company. Men in camouflage broke into Valery Molsky's apartment in the Ingush town of Karabulak on Monday night and shot him at point-blank range. (AP)

Kadyrov to Probe Exodus

Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, who heads the controversial Chechen presidential security service, is to lead a commission to resolve the plight of villagers who fled a brutal raid this month.

Chechen President Alu Alkhanov on Monday appointed Kadyrov to establish the fate of 11 people who went missing in the June 4 raid in Borozdinovskaya and persuade the refugees to return home from Dagestan. (AP)

NATO-Russia Council Talks

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Representatives from NATO and Russia discussed ways to combat international terrorism Tuesday at a conference in the Slovene capital, Ljubljana. (AP)

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