Russian troops kidnap Georgian man in Gali, breakaway Abkhazia

  • The Georgian men were detained when they were swimming in a river on Georgian-controlled territory. Photo by, 31 Jan 2017 - 16:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Georgian citizen has been kidnapped by Russian occupation troops in Gali – a town in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia.

52-year-old Geronti Tsatava was kidnapped from his own home in the presence of his family members, said Geronti’s sister, Madona Tsatava.

The kidnappers asked the family to pay 100,000 Russian ruble as a ransom if they wanted Geronti released. Otherwise, they threatened Tsatava with prison.

Kidnapping is a common crime in the breakaway region of Abkhazia, though many cases go unreported because families prefer to pay the ransom with the help of a go-between in order to keep their kidnapped relatives safe.

The situation is similar in Georgia’s other Russian-occupied region of Tskinvali (South Ossetia).