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Georgian citizen kidnapped by Russian occupiers released
24 April, 2018
Another citizen of Georgia, Akaki Misireli, who was kidnapped by so-called border guards near the occupation line in Gori municipality, has been released from illegal imprisonment after paying the fine.

Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) accused 65-year-old shepherd of violating of so-called borderline and kidnapped him. According to his family members, he was shepherding cattle and was allegedly detained at the spring near the so-called border. Georgian citizen was taken to
the Tskhinvali (so called South Ossetia) militia.

In order to return the kidnapped, the hotline of the Incident Prevention and Response Commission was activated. EU representatives were also involved in the case.

Akaki Misireli is a resident of the village of Kere. As reported, released shepherd was handed over to the Georgian side at Ergneti checkpoint.
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Occupation line in Tskhinvali (so-called South Ossetia)

It should be mentioned that the statistics of 2017 are quite alarming in this direction: 5 Georgian citizens have been illegally detained (kidnapped)by the so-called border guards this month. Four persons have been released.

Between January 1 and May 11, 2018, 19 citizens of Georgia were arrested in the occupied Tskhinvali Region and 16 - in the occupied region of Abkhazia for allegedly crossing of the so-called border.
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Between January 1 and May 11, 2018, 19 citizens of Georgia were arrested in the occupied Tskhinvali Region

According to the information provided by the Georgian State Security Service, in 2017, there were 52 cases of detention for so called “illegal crossing” of the border in the direction of Abkhazia and 126 - in the direction of Tskhinvali.

According to the State Security Service, the margin of error is the above figure is 5-15%.
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5 Georgian citizens have been illegally detained (kidnapped)by the so-called border guards this month

Akaki Misieri’s detention was already the 4th case of a Georgian citizen being captured in the conflict zone in last two months.

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