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UN to decide the fate of Sergeant Glukhov2009-01-28 14:11
The situation with Alexander Glukhov, the Russian serviceman, will be considered by the United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This decision was made by the Swiss embassy, representing Russian interests in Georgia after severance of diplomatic relations of Tbilisi and Moscow - RIA Novosti.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Department of Information, the embassy of Switzerland preferred to pass this issue to the United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees for consideration and further response. Thus, the representative of this organisation in the UN office in Tbilisi must get interested in the human rights protection situation in regard of the Russian serviceman Glukhov, the Department added.
Today Grigol Vashadze, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, stated that the Georgian side has no intention to hand Glukhov over to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, as, according to Vashadze, in this case the sergeant "will face life imprisonment in Russia".
According to Vashadze, he contacted the ambassador of Switzerland to Georgia and invited him to learn the conditions of the sergeant's staying in Georgia.
Previously the Interior Ministry of Georgia spread the video, in accordance with which Glukhov voluntarily left his unit in Leninogori district and yielded to Georgian police. The Russian serviceman told about hard living conditions of the service and his conflict with the commander of the unit. Glukhov addressed Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia with a request to grant him political asylum and to let him live in Tbilisi.
According to Colonel Igor Konashenkov, Aide to the Commander of Russia's Ground Forces, Glukhov is being undergone moral and psychological influence and, possibly, threats.