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Georgian soldier lost his life in "Russian roulette"?2012-07-18 15:55
A few days ago in the military part of the town of Gori a nineteen-year soldier died. The case is shrouded in mystery. There is still no response, what it was - a murder or a suicide. Our correspondent tried to get to the funeral of the soldier.
Gurjaani is located not very far from Tbilisi. Family of the deceased soldier Koba Makharashvili lives here. He died from a shot in the mouth. It is unknown whether he has shot himself or someone had helped him. The soldier died on the spot. Defense Ministry has taken all funeral expenses.
The case has received a huge response in Georgia. We were not only journalists who tried to get to the funeral, which took place on July 16. Nobody could do it. And the soldier's relatives and the authorities were prepared to our invasion. However, we've managed to speak to some people.
"Some say he was killed, and some say he committed suicide", a neighbor of the deceased told us. "What had really happened, no one has yet figured out. Boy was healthy and good. I cannot say what could happen".
"The family has hard times. Leave them alone", local residents told us. Only one of the relatives gave a sharp reply: "You came here to see a spectacle? The opposition wants to blame everything on Saakashvili, and Saakashvili wants to hide everything".
Around the house of the deceased there are always unknown people who control the situation. They were those who have not allowed strangers to the funeral. However, these strange people have been talking eagerly with the media: "Curiosity killed the cat", they told us. However, they don't always joke; they threatened someone.
When I realized that these "guards" had been watching me, I decided not to aggravate the situation, to walk through the village and talk to the locals.
I've met an elderly resident of the village, which proved to be a relative of the deceased. "Why do you need my first and last name? Here I have married and lived here for 52 years. Makharashvilis is a very respectable family. Shalva (the father of the soldier) was brought up in our family. We are very close to their family. Shalva's mother is my cousin. He was the son of good parents, and he had good children. Give rest, O Lord, the soul of his son! Who will tell the truth?"