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Georgia granted refugee status to private Artemiyev2009-08-25 14:46
The Ministry for Refugees and Resettlement Issues of Georgia granted the refugee status to Dmitry Artemiyev, a Russian serviceman who had deserted to Georgia in early July, stated irakli Kokaya, the head of the service for refugees and repatriation of the Ministry - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said Artemiyev's request was complied with on August 4th.
"On August 4th the Ministry granted Artemiyev the status of refugee. At the initial stage the Ministry and the representative office of the UN High Commissioner's for Refugees will help Artemiyev by financing to let him independently settle and get employed in Georgia", Kokaya said.
Previously Georgia Times reported that at night of July 2nd private Artemiyev left his military unit in Perevi [Dzhava region, South Ossetia]. He crossed the Georgian-South Ossetian border and turned to georgian authorities with a request to grant him status of refugee.
According to the Investigation Committee at the Prosecutor's Office of Russia, Artemiyev had a Kalashnikov submachine gun with 180 bullets. The criminal case over desertion and weapon theft started, maximum punishment for the former is 6 years in prison, and up to 7 for the latter.