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SCALPER, AIRLINE WORKER CHARGED IN PLANE BLASTS

An airline employee and a ticket scalper were charged Tuesday in connection with the nearly simultaneous bombing of two Russian passenger jets that killed all 90 people aboard the planes.

The Aug. 24 bombings were the first in a series of terror attacks in August and September that killed more than 400 people and shocked the country.

The ITAR-Tass news agency said Armen Arutyunian and Nikolai Korenkov entered partial pleas at a Moscow region court to the indictment, which charged them with aiding and abetting terrorism and commercial bribery.

Two Chechen women are believed to have blown up a Sibir Airlines Tu-154 and a Volga-
Aviaexpress Tu-134 after buying scalped tickets, reputedly from Arutyunian. Korenkov, a Sibir employee, is accused of accepting a $36 bribe for helping one of the women get on the flight after check-in had closed.

Both planes took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

ITAR-Tass said Korenkov told the court he would refute the charges during the trial.

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