Release of a Georgian citizen illegally detained by the occupying forces

Georgian citizen Vladimer Kaniashvili, illegally detained by Russian occupying forces near the occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), was released on Tuesday, the state security service announced.

The state agency said Kaniashvili, who was illegally arrested near the village of Tsinagara on December 9, was released following “active use” of the hotline mechanism used during incidents along of the administrative border separating the occupied regions from the territory under Georgian control.

The Georgian government has raised the issue of the release of other illegally detained citizens using the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism and Geneva International Discussions, the two platforms used for talks between Georgian agencies and de facto authorities. in occupied areas, the Service added.

“The central government of Georgia is using all available mechanisms for the immediate release of other Georgian citizens illegally arrested by the Russian occupation forces,” the SSS said, adding that the occupation regime bears “full responsibility” “destructive actions” carried out in the regions and along the administrative line.

Illegal detention of Georgian citizens by Russian-controlled occupation forces for “illegal border crossing” has become a practice along the administrative border since the 2008 Russo-Georgian war and subsequent occupation of Tskhinvali regions and Abkhazia.

Michael A. Bynum