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NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia -- Police have arrested the deputy mayor of the central Russian city of Novosibirsk, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Aleksandr Solodkin and his father are suspected of belonging to an organized criminal group.

The investigative committee of the local prosecutor's office said the Solodkins are thought to have been members of a criminal group that killed people in
Novosibirsk between 1990 and 2009.

Police have arrested eight suspects who are also accused of extortion and other crimes.
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