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Akhalgori passion2009-03-17 21:06
Georgia is preparing kidnapping of Russian servicemen in Akhalgori district of South Ossetia as recently stated in the RSO Interior Ministry. But this is not the only alarming news from the frontier area.
"A 43-year-old resident of Akhalgori district addressed the republic's law-enforcement authorities to tell about attempts of the Georgian special services to involve him in subversive activities", - anonymous source with the republic's Interior Ministry told Interfax. - According to the man two days ago a Shota called him asking for his help in organization of kidnapping of a Russian serviceman soldiering in Akhalgori district of South Ossetia".
According to the Interior Ministry the plan was this: to lure a Russian serviceman to the man's house under any pretext while the kidnappers would be waiting for him there. The caller promised a considerable sum of money as a reward for his help and in case of refusal he threatened to assault the relatives of the supposed ally. Naturally the frightened Ossetian did not refuse all at once but he found courage to go to the law-enforcement authorities of South Ossetia. For now official Tbilisi has not reacted. And this is alarming. First of all it is unclear why Georgian Foreign Ministry that is always speechful in case of any near-border incidents keeps silent. Usually it starts stamping out accusations of aggravation of the situation against Russia. Meanwhile
the information acquired by the media on the "Akhalgori call" is directly connected with the Russian military contingent in South Ossetia and seems to give Tbilisi another chance to come forward with an angry anti-Russian statement.
First of all the notorious story of sergeant Alexander Glukhov springs to mind. Arguments around the incident with this Russian serviceman have not subsided. By the way he served in Akhalgori too, in January he left his military unit and found himself in the territory of the adjacent state. Recently Glukhov's name was again mentioned in the press.
"Glukhov has accommodation, a certain allowance, he has a TV set and a PC in the apartment, - Glukhov's material benefits were enumerated by Georgia's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Shota Utiashvili in his interview with Gazeta.ru. - I assure you he has no one guarding him, he is free in his movements".
It is not really clear what Utiashvili is stressing more: his intention to hurt Moscow once again or a desire to tempt rough Russian servicemen with pleasures of "civil" life in Georgia. It is unknown either whether the words of the anonymous Akhalgori resident and his story about the telephone call can be trusted.