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2 Ex-Guards Held in Heist

Two former security guards have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a Zernobank branch in Barnaul last month in a heist that left a bank security guard dead.

The suspects are former employees of the security company Okhrana, the same company that the murdered bank guard worked for, Altai regional prosecutors said Friday, Interfax reported.

Robbers broke into the bank on May 27 and killed the security guard before making off with almost $600,000 in cash and large amounts of promissory notes.

The suspects have admitted their complicity in the crime, and investigators found one of them in possession of a sports bag containing rubles and foreign currency stolen from the bank, prosecutors told Interfax. (MT)

Gulyayev for President?

Sergei Gulyayev, head of the St. Petersburg branch of Yabloko, could run for president as an opposition candidate in the March election 2008, Kommersant reported Friday.

Gulyayev could be nominated to run for president by his new opposition group, Narod, or The People, one of the group's founders, political analyst Stanisalv Belkovsky, told the newspaper.

The organization is to hold its founding congress in Moscow on June 23 and 24.

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, former Central Bank chief Viktor Gerashchenko and a Soviet dissident, British citizen Vladimir Bukovsky, have all declared their intention to run as opposition candidates. (MT)

2 Charged in Car Bomb Plot

Two Chechen men have bee charged with plotting to detonate a car bomb in Moscow during last month's Victory Day celebrations, their lawyer said Friday.

Lawyer Zoya Mikailova said her clients, Umar Batukayev, 23, and Ruslan Musayev, 25, were formally charged in her absence and that she did not know what they had been specifically charged with, Interfax reported.

Batukayev and Musayev were arrested last month after a Lada sedan was found with a bomb containing 7 kilograms of plastic explosives on Profsoyuznaya Ulitsa, which the Federal Security Service said was to be used in a terrorist attack.

Human rights activists claim that Batukayev was severely beaten upon his detention. (MT)

Bodies of 3 Tajiks Found

The bodies of three Tajik men were discovered Friday in the Moscow region with signs that they had been beaten to death with a crowbar, a police source told Interfax.

The bodies were discovered at around 1 p.m. Friday on the side of a road near the village of Peredelkino, west of Moscow, the source said.

"All of them were savagely murdered with a crowbar," the source said.

The motive for the triple homicide was unclear, and no suspects had been detained as of Friday. (MT)