Occupation forces detain two Georgian citizens

The individuals have been detained for “illegally crossing the so-called border” by occupation forces.  Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 12 Nov 2019 - 12:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Occupation forces have illegally detained two Georgian citizens at the village of Kodistskaro, Kaspi municipality, near the occupation line with Georgia’s Russian-controlled Tskhinvali region, the Georgian State Security Service has confirmed.

The agency said that the issue will be raised at today’s 7th extraordinary meeting in Ergneti. 

Locals say that the men, both around 60 years old, were shepherding cattle on Tbilisi-administered territory and were kidnapped by occupation forces late yesterday.

Radio Liberty reports that the men have already been transported to a Tskhinvali prison.  

The hot-line has been activated by the European Union Monitoring Mission and negotiations are in progress regarding the release of the illegally detained individuals, the media outlet said.

The illegal detention of Georgian citizens by Russian occupation forces near the occupation line is a common issue. Detainees are usually released after their families pay a fine.

The standard fine is 2,000 Russian rubles (about €28 / $31 USD).

Russia recognised the Georgian regions of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia as independent states in the wake of the Russia-Georgia 2008 war.