Georgian citizen detained earlier by so-called Russian border guards released
18 April, 2018
Georgian citizen detained earlier by so-called Russian border guards released
So-called Russian border guards detained local resident Tamaz Iluridze near the occupied territory, at the edge of Plavismani village, Gori district, on April 17.

Iluridze and his neighbor Gela Giunashvili were herding when the armed persons arrested him. As for Gela Giunashvili, he managed to escape and informed police about his kidnapping.

Residents of Plavismani say Iluridze and Giunashvili were on the territory controlled by the Georgian central Government and not on the territory controlled by the so called “de-facto
regime” of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

Tamaz Iluridze, who was detained on the perimeter of the occupied territories by the so-called border guards, has been released, according to the State Security Service.

As reported by Georgia’s State Security Service (SSS), in 2017, 126 Georgian citizens were illegally detained by Russia-controlled border guards last year at the Georgia-breakaway Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) occupation line and 52 others at the Georgia-occupied Abkhazia so-called boundary line.
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126 Georgian citizens were illegally detained last year at the Georgia-breakaway Tskhinvali occupation line

Allegedly all Georgian citizens were detained for the "illegal crossing of the border” and many of them were released shortly after paying a fine.

In last two months, this is already the third case of a Georgian citizen being captured in the conflict zone.
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Russian-occupied Tskhivali Region (South Ossetia)

As a reminder, on February 22, the occupation regime arrested three Georgian citizens - Archil Tatunashvili, Levan Kutashvili and Ioseb Pavliashvili in Akhalgori. On February 23, it was reported that Archil Tatunashvili died in unclear circumstances. The authorities of the occupied South Ossetia said that Tatunashvili fell down the stairs when resisting law enforcers.
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Borderline Tskhinvali

Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) released two citizens of Georgia, who were detained together with Archil Tatunashvili, from illegal imprisonment on March 12. They left the occupied territory of Georgia. Levan Qutashvili and Ioseb Pavliashvili are on the territory under the control of Georgia's central government.

As it has become known recently, Archil Tatunashvili’s organs had been removed while the body was on the territory of occupied Tskhinvali Region, what makes it almost impossible to conduct the complete examination of his body and reveal the reason of death.
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Georgian soldier Archil Tatunashvili, allegedly killed by the occupation regime of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia)

Archil Tatunashvili's family demands transfer of Tatunashvili's organs as well as medical and legal documents through international organizations, - lawyer Tamar Avaliani told journalists.

Tamar Avaliani and Archil Tatunashvili's father Givi Tatunashvili officially got acquainted with the investigation results.
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Givi Tatunashvili, Archil Tatunashvili's father

“We met with the prosecutor, investigators and investigative team, as well as the district prosecutor. They informed us about the progress of the investigation. We look forward to the examination results, but we were told that establishment of the death cause may be complicated by the fact that Archil Tatunashvili’s organs had been removed. We told the investigators that we are requesting the government to raise the issue of transfer of organs. At the same time, we know that the Tskhinvali side has not handed over medical documentation to the Georgian side either. Georgian law enforcers expressed their readiness to cooperate with the international organizations," said Tamar Avaliani.
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On March 22, the de facto regime accused two Georgian residents of the village of Adzvi

Shortly after that, on March 22, the de facto regime accused two Georgian residents of the village of Adzvi, Gori municipality, 40-year-old Ioseb Gundishvili and 30-year-old Davit Gerkeuli of violating of so-called borderline and detained them.

Two Georgian residents of the village of Adzvi have been detained by the so-called border guards when they were visiting at St. George's Church.

According to some locals, the aforementioned church is located near the occupation line, on the territory controlled by the central government of Georgia, and subsequently, Gundishvili and Gerkeuli had not crossed the occupation line. However, others said the detainees were captured in the occupied territory.
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Tskhinvali, so called South Ossetia, is the breakaway region of Georgia since the 2008 Russia-Georgia war

They were released from illegal imprisonment after paying the fine.

Tskhinvali, so called South Ossetia, is the breakaway region of Georgia since the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. As for Abkhazia, on July 23 of 1992, functioning of Georgian Constitution in the autonomous region of Abkhazia was terminated.
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Tskhinvali

Russia's initial recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) occurred in the aftermath of the Russo-Georgian War, six months after the western recognition of the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo from Serbia in February 2008.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued the order of recognizing Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia on the 26th of August.
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Sokhumi, the capital of breakaway Abkhazia

The two regions recognize each other and are recognized by Russia, yet major international organizations and countries don’t recognize them as independent states, but as part of Georgia.

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