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Glukhov confessed that he is afraid to return to Russia2009-01-28 17:44
Junior Sergeant Alexander Glukhov who, according to the Georgian version, deserted from his military unit, and according to the Russian version, was captured, was interviewed by the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow).gt-en-newsitem-inside
He told of his plans to live in Georgia for a while and said that he was promised to find a flat and job in Tbilisi.
"I left voluntarily; no-one forced me... I decided to live there for a while, but hasn't thought of the citizenship yet", he said in the interview.
The sergeant mentioned that he doesn't regard himself as a traitor and his action has no political background, and if there was some other state border near his unit, he would do the same.
Glukhov confessed that he is afraid to return to Russia as he believes that he will be dealt shortly there. He is ready to be back to the Motherland only "when it is quiet and there is humane treatment".
Relatives of the sergeant stated they do not know anything about his health condition and received no invitation to Tbilisi from the Georgian side.
Previously Grigol Vashadze, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said that the Georgian side contacted the serviceman's parents and invited them to Tbilisi to see their son. He also announced that the government of Georgia has no intention to hand Glukhov over to Russia.
Let us remind that 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.
At the same time, the Russian side states that Junior Sergeant Glukhov didn't desert but was captured by Georgian special services, and demands his return.
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.