So-called border guards of Russian-occupied South Ossetia have detained three citizens of Georgia for ‘illegal border crossing’.
The information was released by the de-facto state security committee. Ednar Mskhaladze, 38, Leimona Dvalishvili, 41, and Mansur Petrendishvili, 68, were detained near the villages of Disevi and Artsevi in Gori municipality.
"Ednar Mskhaladze has been handed to the Georgian side without sanctions while the cases of Dvalishvili and Petrendishvili have been handed to the Tskhinvali district court by the state security committee border service,” the de-facto committee said.
Russian-occupied Tskhinvali calls the occupation line between Tskhinvali region and the rest of Georgia "the state border” and treats any cases of line crossing by locals as cases of "illegal border crossing” even though the line is not well differentiated in some areas.