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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Go on Trial in Chubais Ambush

The Moscow Regional Court held a preliminary hearing Thursday in the trial of three retired military officers accused of trying to kill Unified Energy Systems chief Anatoly Chubais in March 2005.

Vladimir Kvachkov, Alexander Naidenov and Robert Yashin asked for a jury trial that would be open to the public, Interfax reported.

Chubais' lawyer Alexander Shugayev asked for a closed trial.

The court adjourned until March 30, when it will rule on the requests.

A group of about 15 activists from nationalist organizations rallied outside the court in support of Kvachkov, who has become a popular figure among Russian nationalists who accuse Chubais of ruining the country as the architect of the state's privatizations in the 1990s.

The defendants are accused of ambushing Chubais' motorcade outside of Moscow. No one was injured in the attack, which prosecutors say was motivated by hatred toward Chubais. The defendants face up to 20 years in prison.