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Moscow and Tbilisi united by criminals2011-01-18 18:46
Georgia is ready to call Russia for extradition of Givi Kutateladze, son of former security minister, and his friend Alexander Vepkhvadze. Their portraits are posted on the official site of police as "wanted with a GEL 30,000 reward". But their whereabouts are not a secret. Late in September they were stopped by Russian border guards crossing the Psou river that divides Russia and Abkhazia. The day after tomorrow the court of Krasnodar will rule out a punitive measure for illegal border crossing.
Georgian police will soon have to moderate their pride and ask Russia for extradition of the rioters convicted by Tbilisi Court of initiating a brawl with Interior Ministry officers. Two participants of the incident in September 2010 tried to flee to Russia but were stopped by the border service. Now they are expecting a trial in Krasnodar on a charge of illegal border crossing.
To add piquancy, one of the convicts is Givi Kutateladze, son of Vakhtang Kutateladze, Georgia's security minister in the government of Eduard Shevarnadze. In early 2000s this official offended Russia by suspecting it of escalating tensions in Kodory gorge, as well as Mikheil Saakashvili, who resigned from the post of justice minister preparing the Rose revolution.
Right after the incident with state security officers rushing into Rustavi-2 office - the horn of the revolution - and collection of documents on framed-up accusations, Vakhtang Kutateladze had to resign. Actions of the "chekists" were broadcast live provoking massive demonstrations in defense of freedom of speech. Newspaper headlines roared "Tensions with Rustavi-2 are suicide to authorities", "President turns his back on people", "Revolution is here".
After the resignation Vakhtang Kutateladze set up a private security agency destined to become a workplace for special services' officers undesirable to Saakashvili regime. Among them are Sulkhan Papashvili who succeeded Kutateladze as security minister, former chiefs of Georgia's counter intelligence Ilia Narimanidze and Simon Nozadze. The company obtained very lucrative state orders, apparently approved in Washington, including protection of Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan pipeline, then under construction.
Vakhtang Givievich was trained in the Soviet epoch at the USSR KGB advanced courses. According to Agentura.ru site (Russia) he used to be Edward Shevarnadze's personal bodyguard when the latter was first secretary of Georgian Communist party. However, in 1990s journalists started calling Kutateladze a US creature who tried to transform Georgian Ministry of Security in Georgia's FBI.