Russia - More than 300 people, including 200 bikers, gathered near the Iraqi Embassy in Moscow, protesting against the arrest of four Russian nationals who were held in Iraq on May 20 on espionage charges.
The bikers gathered near the embassy building and signed a petition to the diplomatic mission demanding an explanation of what the Russians were accused of.
Oleg Kapkayev, Alexander Vardanyants, Oleg Maksimov and Maxim Ignatyev, who were traveling through Central Asia, Iran and Turkey, were detained near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday after they came from Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region that does not require an Iraqi visa for travelers.
According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, the travelers did not have Iraqi visas.
After being detained, the four men were transferred to an Iraqi military base where their documents were seized and espionage charges were brought against them, Alexander Orlov, a member of the Moscow-based motorcycle club RAMCC and the bikers' lawyer said.
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