Moscow judge killed

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Moscow (AP) - A peddlerstabbed to death the Moscow municipal judge yesterday, the day after she ordered his goods to be confiscated, and fined him the equivalent of pounds 4.50, when he appeared before her on a minor charge.

Judge Olga Lavrentyeva, the mother of a three-year-old daughter, bled to death at a first-aid centre after the attack at the Ostankino court building, the Itar-Tass news agency said. Her attacker was identified as Valery Ivankov; he was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.

Russian television said that Lavrentyeva's colleagues were calling for better security for judicial personnel.