Georgian citizen illegally detained by occupying forces

  • Georgian citizens are often detained near the occupation line and are usually released after paying a fine. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 21 Apr 2019 - 12:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

The occupying forces have detained Georgian citizen Gocha Pidiuri near the occupation line with occupied Tskhinvali region for “illegally crossing the border” yesterday.

The man was abducted from the village of Mejvriskhevi in Gori municipality, Georgian media reports.

His neighbours said Pidiuri was often visiting the Lomisi shrine located near the occupation line.

  • The illegal detention of Georgian citizens takes place frequently;
  • Most of the detainees are released after paying a fine.

According to the Georgian State Security Service, the occupying forces in two Russia-controlled Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) have detained 327 Georgian citizens for “illegally crossing the border” between 2017 and 2019.