Russia police have detained six people in connection with last year’s bomb blast at a Moscow cemetery in which 14 people were killed and nearly 50 injured. (AP, Interfax, April 25; Izvestia, April 26) The explosion, which took place in November during a memorial service for the former chairman of an organization of Afghan veterans, bore the hallmarks of a gangland killing. The veterans organization is believed to have fallen prey to the influence of organized crime after President Yeltsin gave it and a number of Russian sports organizations permission to import cigarettes and alcohol free of taxes. Last week the head of the Russian hockey association was shot dead near Moscow in what seemed to be a similarly-motivated gangland assassination.
Former Yeltsin Aide Dies.