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Moscow denies role in Qatar assassination

Tensions escalated between Russia and Qatar yesterday when media in the Gulf state said prosecutors had alleged that Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Ivanov, ordered the assassination of a Chechen leader in the capital, Doha, on February 13. The allegation, which Moscow immediately said was “so ludicrous that it was not possible to comment on it”, came after the trial of two Russians began for the murder of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, a former Chechen president. Russian security services allege he was a member of al-Qaida who helped finance the Nord Ost theatre siege in Moscow in October 2002. Yandarbiyev was killed when a remote-controlled device tore his jeep apart in Doha two months ago. The killing came a week after a suicide blast on the Moscow metro that killed 41 people.Full Story

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