The Democracy Research Institute says a teacher in a Georgian school in Akhalgori was arrested a few days ago on charges of ‘collaborating with the Georgian security forces’ and of providing information to the Georgian side about the Russian military forces.
An official statement released by DRI on October 29 reads that the de-facto Tskhinvali government intimidates local residents by illegal detentions and tries to achieve more obedience.
A few days ago, a teacher in a Georgian school in Akhalgori district was detained by law enforcers and taken to Georgia’s Russian-controlled Tskhinvali region for interrogation. Later it became known to the DRI that a search operation was conducted in the teacher’s house and the other house next door. The owner of the other house does not live in Akhalgori district currently and the house has been closed for a long time”, reads an official statement released by DRI.
The statement also reads that the teacher has never been involved in public or political activities and has never openly criticized the existing de-facto government.
DRI says that such incidents give rise to fear and panic among the local population. At the same time, they experience a sense of insecurity and fear that they may become the next victims another time.
DRI calls on the Georgian authorities to use all international mechanis