In the footage, two men clad in black and wearing black ski masks shout “God is great!” before beheading the first man. Then one militant appears standing over the decapitated body of a second victim lying in a pool of blood, with the head placed on top of the body.
Insurgents in Iraq say they have killed four Russian embassy workers kidnapped at the start of June.
The Mujahideen Shura Council, an umbrella group incorporating al-Qaeda in Iraq, released an internet video and a statement announcing their deaths.
The video showed one man being beheaded and another shot dead, as well as the body of a third, but there was no sign of the fourth hostage.
The Kremlin said it could not immediately confirm their deaths.
“At this moment our sources in Iraq have not confirmed the report of the killing of the Russian hostages,” a government spokesman Moscow radio.
“The Foreign Ministry is doing all it can and using all channels to check the validity of this information.”
The men were seized in Baghdad on 3 June, and kidnappers said the executions were in revenge for “torture, killing and displacement by the infidel Russian government” in Chechnya.
The Mujahideen Shura Council defended the killings as an eye-for-an-eye measure, citing a verse of the Koran — Islam’s holy book — which says: “Those who assault you, you shall assault with the same (form) of assault.”
“Beggar scholars (affiliated with governments) will speak that slaughtering infidels is sacrilegious and so on. We tell them that this is the book of God, which will be the judge,” its statement said.
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