The Soviet military newspaper Red Star criticized Soviet troops in East Germany for poor discipline, nine days after a Soviet soldier killed U.S. Army Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr. The newspaper said the Soviet troops displayed "elements of lack of order." The article, a review of field operations, said training in one regiment "was carried out at a low methodological level." Nicholson was killed March 24 while taking pictures near a Soviet military installation in East Germany. Washington has protested the shooting as unjustified.