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Two solitudes have met: “Ours” and the Georgian authorities2009-04-20 14:21
Russian youth movement called "Ours" is vehemently protesting against the detention of their activist Alexander Kuznetsov by the Georgian authorities. This will evidently lead to picketing, legal recourses, appeals to EU and Ilia II. The "Ours" motor rally will be continued as soon as the next commissioner is sent to Tbilisi. The situation is close to being absurd; however, political consultants do not believe the acts of "Ours" will be treated seriously.
This morning in Moscow the activists of the "Ours" movement picketed the Georgian embassy that has been closed since last year expressing protest against the abduction of their commissioner Alexander Kuznetsov by the Georgian police. Yesterday a video record of his "confession" was broadcasted by Georgian TV-channels. As a participant of the "Moscow-Tskhinval-Tbilisi motor rally" campaign, Kuznetsov was to meet the cortege on the Georgian border and, according to the Georgian version, organize a provocation.
Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs showed the detainee to the journalists only on video record and in the evening consigned the commissioner to the Swiss embassy department in Georgia. From there, Alexander Kuznetsov made quite an opposite statement by telephone. He receded from his evidence as given under pressure. "They beat me and forced me to read a previously written text on camera, in which I announced that the "Ours" movement was preparing a provocative act against the Georgian police. Every word I said before the camera is an absolute lie that I was forced to tell in view of the danger threatening my life", - Alexander stated to Interfax.
The "Ours" commissioner said that on the night of April 16, while staying at a hotel in the town of Gori, he was visited by the Georgian MIA special service officers, who wanted to check his documents. Kuznetsov had a visa and passport on him. "In ten minutes, strangers burst into the room with their masks on, hit me several times, pulled a sack on my head and took me to an unknown location. They also took away all the documents and money I had", - Kuznetsov said. Now he is waiting for the temporary documents to be issued for him by the Swiss embassy so that he could return back to Russia.