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Russian diplomat allegedly attempted on Saakashvili’s life, deported from Latvia2009-04-03 14:42
Latvian authorities deported Alexander Khapilov, the diplomat from Russia whom in October 2008 the republican channel TV 5 accused of planning an attempt on the life of Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Yesterday the TV channel, alluding to an informal source, claimed that Khapilov was banished from Latvia in end March 2009 - RosBalt.
Sergey Abramkin, the Russian embassy in Latvia press attaché confirmed the message of the diplomat's leaving but disclaimed the message of his exclusion.
According to Abramkin, Khapilov changed the job and therefore left.
The Foreign Ministry of Latvia didn't comment upon the message.
In October 2008 one of the TV5 channel programs accused Khapilov of planning the attempt on the Georgian President's life. According to the journalists, the Russian diplomat[ from 2000 to 2004 - the Second Secretary of the Russian embassy in Georgia] was hiring assassins for the attempt.
It failed only because the potential assassins got in a car accident before reaching the destination. Later Khapilov was allegedly charged of espionage and he had to leave Georgia.
That time Alexander Veshnyakov, the Russian ambassador to Latvia, disclaimed all the charges and stated the diplomat left due to expiration of his mission's term. With regard to the messages the Foreign Ministry initiated the inspection that brought no results.
In the Russian embassy in Latvia Khapilov was responsible for the issues of connections with compatriots.