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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Regarding Armed Attack in Russian-Occupied Georgian Territory

On April 8, 2011, Russian media sources reported that a Russian border guard and two alleged "Georgian saboteurs" were killed during an armed attack in Georgia's Gali district which remains under Russian occupation.

According to the confirmed reports available to competent Georgian authorities, a representative of the Russian occupying forces - a serviceman of the Border Troops of Russia's Federal Security Service - and two other persons - one of whom was Lasha Sichinava, wanted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia since 2002 and accused of theft, robbery and hostage-taking, and sentenced in absentia to 19 years in prison - were killed in a criminal shoot-out in Gali district.

This criminal incident indicates once again that Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, inalienable parts of Georgia presently occupied by Russia, have become black holes of criminality where with the backing of the Russian occupying forces and the occupation regimes created by the Russian Federation an increasing number of cases of illicit trafficking in arms, drugs, nuclear materials and people as well as the planning of terrorist acts in other parts of Georgian territory have been carried out.

So-called thieves in law and other kinds of criminals are offered shelter in the Russian Federation and the Russian-occupied Georgian territories. Shoot-outs between representatives of the Russian occupying forces, occupation regimes and criminals over the division of spheres of influence and money have become a fact of life in the occupied regions.

Tbilisi, 8 April 2011


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