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* A jury in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don cleared two Interior Ministry officers of committing murder in Chechnya

* The lawyers of former Russian Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov intend to appeal a Swiss court's ruling to extradite him to the United States

* Russia's natural gas giant, Gazprom, intends to start the construction of the first sections of the North European Gas Pipeline by the end of the year

* The Finance Ministry said Russia's Stabilization Fund had grown by $4.5 billion since September 1

* Lithuanian prosecutors released from custody Valery Troyanov, the pilot of a Russian fighter that crashed in Lithuania in September

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