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Two Georgian refugees attempted to cross Russian border

2009-07-08 12:18

Two Georgian refugees, residents of Zugdidi, Andrey Bendyuk, 15, and his grandmother Valentina Bendyuk, 59, recently attempted to cross Russian border on Adler checkpoint near Sochi.


The border crossers were stopped by border guards, a source in the city's migration service told RIA Novosti. According to it last August during the conflict in the Caucasus they didn't manage to leave with a group of refugees.

"Andrey and Valentina Bendyuk were residents of Zugdidi town in the Republic of Georgia. On Tuesday they attempted to cross Russian border in order to meet their relatives but were stopped by border guards. Both are relatives of the refugees that came from Zugdidi last August, - the source specified.

According to the source in the migration service Andrey and Valentina Bendyuk are citizens of Georgia. Andrey's mother, Svetlana Bendyuk, was waiting for them on the Russian side.

"Last year Andrey couldn't leave Georgia with us as he was staying with his sick grandmother. Now I thought we would meet in Russia, but it didn't happen", - she reported.

The migration service of Sochi remarked that the Russian side could admit Andrey and Valentina Bendyuk only after they filed a refugee status petition and they haven't done that so far".

Svetlana, Andrey Bendyuk's mother doesn't know the way her relatives reached the Russian border.

On August 14 2008 fourteen refugees from Georgia crossed the Abkhaz-Russian border. They stated they had been forced to leave the country because of threats and insults from local Georgians. The refugees managed to cross the border last year after Russia's peacekeeping forces entered Zugdidi town.


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