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Khadzhimurad Kamalov in August 2008
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has decided to take over the reportedly stalled investigation into the death of a journalist in the Daghestan region of the troubled North Caucasus.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists that the decision was made in reaction to a request by about 100 deputies of the Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, that federal investigators take charge of the probe.

Prominent Daghestani independent journalist Khadzhimurad Kamalov was shot dead in the Daghestani capital, Makhachkala, in December 2011.

Kamalov's independent Russia-language weekly, "Chernovik," was known for covering North Caucasus politics and local government corruption issues.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax
Aleh Vouchak
Belarusian human rights activist Aleh Vouchak has been found guilty by a Minsk court of using vulgar words in public and sentenced to nine days in jail.

Fellow rights activist Raisa Mikhaylovskaya told RFE/RL that police arrested Vouchak on May 24 when he was outside his office in Minsk talking with a colleague.

The colleague, Zmitser Kukhley, said he did not hear Vouchak use any vulgar words in the presence of the police officers.

Vouchak was found guilty and sentenced later on May 24.

Vouchak is a former investigator at the Minsk prosecutor's office.

Since 1990, he has been involved in human rights activities.

In January, he was found guilty of verbally insulting police and sentenced to four days in jail.

Vouchak’s colleagues say his arrest is politically motivated.

-- RFE/RL’s Belarus Service

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