A total of 327 Georgian citizens have been illegally detained by Russian-controlled guards near the two Russian occupation lines in Georgia in 2016.
Of these, 193 people were detained by guards patrolling the occupation line separating the breakaway region of Abkhazia from the rest of Georgia; the remaining 134 people were detained by guards patrolling the occupation line separating breakaway Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) from the rest of Georgia.
These numbers were revealed earlier today after the Georgian State Security Service presented its 2016 report to parliament.
The report said that an increasing number of Russian troops in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region pose an existential threat to the Georgian state.
The document highlights that the top challenge that the State Security Service faces today is the existence of occupied regions.
The violations that, according to the report, frequently take place in the occupied regions include:
- Discrimination against ethnic Georgians
- Violation of the right to free movement
- Lack of access to education
- Illegal detention of local residents
- So-called ‘borderisation’ process
- Kidnapping for ransom
- Attacks on locals
- Violation of Tbilisi-controlled airspace by Russian aircrafts
The report said that "Russia’s attempts to annex the occupied territories of Georgia” is a threat to Georgia’s national security.