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RFE/RL: DID FORMER GEORGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER HELP CHECHEN "WARLORD"?

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  • Norbert Strade
    RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 39, Part I, 28 February 2003 DID FORMER GEORGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER HELP CHECHEN WARLORD? Emzar Kvitsiani, who is governor of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2003
      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 7, No. 39, Part I, 28 February 2003

      DID FORMER GEORGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER HELP CHECHEN WARLORD?

      Emzar Kvitsiani, who is governor of the Georgian-controlled upper
      reaches of the Kodori Gorge, alleged in an interview with the newspaper
      "24 saati" that former Interior Minister Kakha Targamadze helped
      transport Chechen field commander Ruslan Gelaev and his men from the
      Pankisi Gorge to the Kodori Gorge in the summer of 2001 on orders from
      Russian Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo, Caucasus Press
      reported on 28 February. Many observers questioned at the time how
      Gelaev's men could have traveled the length of Georgia undetected.
      Meanwhile, "Akhali taoba" on 26 February and "Alia" on 27 February
      reported that President Shevardnadze is considering dismissing
      Targamadze's successor, Koba Narchemashvili, and either reappointing
      Targamadze as interior minister or naming one of Targamadze's close
      associates to that post. Shevardnadze's rationale, both papers suggest,
      is to ensure that the ministry is headed by a man capable of ensuring
      that Shevardnadze's embattled Union of Citizens of Georgia polls the
      required number of votes in the parliamentary elections due this fall.
      LF
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