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In Cairo, holding 35 Russians

May 29 2009

Egyptian authorities detained at least 35 Russian citizens. This was reported by a representative of our embassy in Cyrus. Diplomatic mission of Russia sent a note to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry for an explanation. This statement was made secretary of the Russian Embassy in Cairo Timur Agametov.

"We have received applications from students at the University of Al-Azhar that on the night of May 27 in rough form, were arrested Russian citizens, natives of the North Caucasian republics of Russia", - said Agametov. "It is currently known about the 35 detainees, but this list is, unfortunately, is complemented by" - he added.

"We have prepared the note to the local Foreign Ministry to demand clarification of the situation. We continue to find out details and prepare an additional note," - said the source. According to him, local authorities say it is common practice document checks for the presence of a residence permit in Egypt. "But it goes beyond the usual practice. Moreover, according to witnesses, detained were our countrymen at night and in rough shape," - he said.

In addition, local authorities have not informed about the exact place of the Russians. No conditions were created in order to consular officers can meet them. According Agametova arrested Russian citizens are natives of Chechnya, Dagestan, North Ossetia, told it to.

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