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    CAIRO, FEBRUARY 27 (RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT IGOR KUZNETSOV) - Two Russian citizens being accused by Qatar authorities of helping assassinate former Chechen president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev will stand open trial, reports the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, which comes out in Arabic.

    According to its sources, both suspects were taken to a court in Doha, the capital of Qatar, February 26 under heavy guard, with the judge indicting them.

    Qatar's Ar-Raya newspaper writes that the third suspect, who has a diplomatic passport, was released after Mikhail Bogdanov, a high-ranking Russian Foreign Ministry envoy, met Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani February 21.

    Qatar's secret services arrested three Russian citizens, who were working temporarily for the Russian Embassy, in the early hours of February 19. One of them was subsequently released; that man is now staying at the Russian Embassy.

    Moscow has repeatedly said that the three Russian citizens, who were detained in Qatar, were not involved in Yandarbiyev's assassination; moreover, the Russian side demanded their release.

    Acting Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov issued a special statement on this score.

    Neither Russia, nor the detained Russian citizens, had anything to do with Yandarbiyev's assassination, Ivanov noted.

    In his words, the Russian side has repeatedly informed Qatar authorities about this via all channels, diplomatic channels, first and foremost.

    Reporters wanted to know the departmental affiliation of the detained Russian citizens. Replying to this question, Ivanov said that all Russian secret services were now fighting international terrorism on a par with all other foreign secret services.

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