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Georgian veterans “got lost” in South Ossetia

2009-03-04 15:29

8/6/7/1867.jpegOnce again Tbilisi and Tskhinval come up with reciprocal accusations following a near-border incident. Yesterday the Ministry of Information of South Ossetia disseminated a message that the Georgian Interior Ministry had ordered to kidnap Ossetian citizens in exchange for Georgian citizens Demuri Chikhladze and David Kapanadze detained earlier for illegal border crossing.


All started on February 27 when 4 Georgians were detained for illegal access to the territory of South Ossetia. That same day the Georgian Foreign Ministry stated that the Georgian citizens had been allegedly kidnapped by an armed criminal group. "Later the kidnappers released two hostages, others were transferred to South Ossetia's inland with a EUR 6.000 ransom demanded for them", - the statement is quoted by Kavkazsky uzel. Traditionally the arrows of Tbilisians propaganda flew directly to Moscow: "This incident explicitly shows that Russian occupational forces cover Tskhinval district and there are crimes and provocations going on there aimed at aggravation of tension and intimidation of the population."

Tskhinval was very quick to react. The Head of RSO Criminal Police Vitaly Gasstiev especially emphasized that this information was no more than another act of provocation from the Georgian side. "Today two citizens of Georgia illegally crossed the state border of South Ossetia and were detained. No ransom has ever been mentioned", - his words are quoted by ITAR-TASS.

Soon new details emerged. According to the information Interfax obtained from an unknown source in the RSO Interior Ministry there were four trespassers but two of them managed to escape. During investigative actions the certificates of the August 2008 military operation veterans were found on them.

Naturally here is a question: why did these people go to the republic? To answer it and be protected from further attacks of the Georgians South Ossetian law-enforcement authorities let the detained Georgians come into contact with the press. They told they were going to see a friend of theirs in a Georgian village but then they got lost.

It is impossible to prove it or contradict it. However according to the South Ossetian authorities the detainees are particularly valuable for Tbilisi. On March 2 the Ministry of Information of South Ossetia disseminated a message stating that the Georgian Interior Ministry had ordered to kidnap several Ossetians to exchange them for the Georgians detained for illegal border crossing.

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