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Enver operation encored2011-07-11 18:56
Yesterday verdicts were pronounced on a group of "Russian spies" in Batumi. Nine people, five Russian citizens and four citizens of Georgia - were sentenced to lengthy prison terms as a result of the investigation into the first and still most effective staging organized by Georgian special services. This operation was entitled Enver. Residents of Batumi and other Georgian regions were accused of collaboration with Russian special services.
The case was too obvious from the very beginning and at some point there was an impression that Georgian authorities realized that the process had been prepared badly. Now, however, we know that Enver operation was the start of a new era in the country's history. From then on Sakartvelo authorities have been led by spy scare and paranoia toward Russia.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent followed the developments presenting a number of articles with relatives of the victims of Georgian "justice" making their comments.
It was reported yesterday that one of the protagonists, a 63-year old pensioner Yuri Skrylnikov from Zelenokumsk town of Stavropol territory was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment for "direct cooperation with the main intelligence directorate".
It all began with the demonstration of Enver movie on Rustavi 2 TV featuring an officer of the Georgian counterintelligence service telling about his heroic experience of dealing with the Russian intelligence and the super-valuable data he had managed to acquire about planted Russian spies in Georgia. A number of surnames were mentioned. As it was found out afterwards, all people had been preliminarily arrested by the department of constitutional security of Georgia.
Skrylnikov too was on the list. He was born in Batumi and lived there until he moved to Russia as a pensioner together with a few other residents of that town, Russians and Georgians.
Last May Skrylnikov was arrested right on the border - crossing Upper Lars checkpoint on his way to Ajaria for holidays. Necessary procedures were observed. The pensioner was detained for crossing the border on a fake passport. Besides, fake dollars were found on him.
Mikhail Vyalov, once school principal in Batumi, faced inquest on the accusation of espionage like another resident of Batumi - Petre Devrishadze, whose children went to school run by Vyalov.