Russian Troops Kill Georgian Man in Abkhazia
r.amirejibi-mullen at qmul.ac.uk
Mon Sep 15 14:27:24 UTC 2008
Tbilisi, 15 September:
Russian servicemen killed ethnic Georgian Anatoli Gobechia, aged 65,
in Abkhazia. Representatives of the [Georgian-backed] Abkhaz
government in exile told Kavkas-Press that he was killed in the
village of Zemo Barghebi in [Abkhazia's predominantly
Georgian-populated] Gali District.
Eyewitnesses said a Russian armoured vehicle, travelling at a great
speed, crashed into Gobechia, who was riding a bike. Gobechia, who had
survived, complained to the Russians and [the argument] grew into a
verbal clash. Later Gobechia was found dead with a bullet in his head.
According to the Georgian side, there are no laws to protect the
ethnic Georgian residents of the Gali District who are subjected to
the arbitrariness of the Russian occupiers and Abkhaz separatists.
Source: BBC Monitoring Central Asia
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