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Alik Bjania discharged after an escape

2009-06-19 14:36

3103.jpegThe latest piece of news that has been lively discussed by the Russian and Georgian media is the behavior of Alik Bjania, a lieutenant of the Georgian army who has applied to Russia seeking political asylum.

"On May, 23, after duty, I put on my civilian clothes and went from Poti to the outposts. There, I crossed the Russian-Abkhazian border. I passed by the Abkhazian outpost and approached the Russian outposts. I came up to the soldiers and said that I wanted to talk to the officers. When an officer came out I explained the situation; I told who I was and asked for political asylum", - Bjania told in his interview to the Echo of Moscow radio station.


The Georgian MIA confirmed the fact that Bjania was a coast-guard officer of the Border Police. "Alik Bjania served as a coast guard. He was discharged from the ranks of frontier servicemen by order of 12 June 2009", - Novosti-Georgia was informed in the Border Police of the Georgian MIA. However, further comments were withheld.

Now, here is an interesting mismatch. Bjania had crossed the Georgian-Abkhazian border on May, 23 and was discharged from Border Police only on June, 12. Either the coast guard officers of the Border Police in Georgia may be lost for three weeks running, or it is just that Tbilisi decided to put up a good front. The Georgian Border Police press-service informed that an official statement will be made by the Georgian MIA, which supervises the Border Police. The Georgian State Minister of Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili believes that the story with Bjania is nothing but "a second-rate provocation". "The Georgian authorities are laughing at such tricks made by the Russian special services. I have a better opinion of the Russian special services, they could have done it better", - the minister said in his on-air interview to Echo of Moscow.

The Armed Forces Joint Staff of Russia gave the following comments upon Temur Yakobashvili's statement that the Georgian authorities are supposedly laughing at the matter: "This is another proof of them being upset with the fact that the Georgian officers are running away from Georgia. If they laugh at it, then they have got nothing else to do", Interfax reports. The agency is quoting one of the high-ranking officers: "I have got several proposals for the Georgian authorities: for instance, they might say that there is no such person and officer at all, or announce him mentally sick, or say that he has overstrained himself during the military exercises with the American instructors. If they are serious, if they have really discharged him, why did not they take away his service record book, then?"

The Georgian authorities do not even try to cast any doubt upon the fact that the Georgian Armed Forces officer Alik Bjania has run away to Russia. They have only "adjusted" the small discrepancy in the first report made by the Border Police press service. The MIA of Georgia supervising the coast guard has put out a statement that "on 18 May 2009, lieutenant Alik Davidovitch Bjania was discharged from service in the Georgian Border Police on account of repeated breach of discipline".

And again, they have stuck in the mire, for there is a question of how a discharged officer could pull his duty on a patrol boat on the 23rd of May if he had been discharged from the Border Police five days before that?

Being a naval officer that served in Poti, Alik Bjania cannot be possibly accused of being involved in the so-called Mukhrovani mutiny and announced Moscow's secret agent. That is why he is incriminated "repeated breach of discipline"; however, it is not clear what kind of breach it was.

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