Russian occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region ‘main threat’ to Georgian state

Head of Georgia’s State Security Service Grigol Liluashvili said on Friday that Russia’s occupation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia was the main threat to the Georgian state.

Liluashvili noted in 2021 that Russian heavy weapons and military contingents were still “illegally stationed” in the occupied territories of Georgia with intensive military exercises and the process of militarization taking place on the ground.

Occupation forces continued to make illegal arrests. The so-called illegal “borderisation” continued. The main objective was to stir up the feeling of insecurity in the population, to discredit state institutions and to spread nihilism in public opinion,” he said during the presentation of the 2021 report. of the State Security Service in Parliament.

The head of the State Security Service noted that at the end of 2021, a total of 7 Georgian citizens were in illegal detention, including Irakli Bebua, whose freedom was “illegally” restricted by the occupation regime for a period of 9 years.

I would like to assure, first of all, the families of those illegally detained, as well as the honorable parliamentarians, that all Georgian citizens will be released from their illegal detention. The State of Georgia has the power and the practice to implement it,” Liluashvili concluded.

Michael A. Bynum