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Internal Organs Missing from Tatunashvili’s Body, Lawyer Says

Tamar Avaliani, the lawyer of the family of Archil Tatunashvili, a thirty-five-year-old Georgian citizen, who died at the hands of the Russian-backed authorities in Tskhinvali on February 22, said the man was transferred to the Georgian authorities without his internal organs. Tamar Avaliani, who represents the family on behalf of the …

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Weekly Tripwire 10-16 July

Lavrov fights NATO encroachment – …and Medoev has his back – Western allies condemn ‘borderization’, again – EUSR Salber bows out – Russia amps its grip on Tskinvali – Russian military wake to “invasion” drill – Crime wave in Abkhazia worsens, Russian tourist dead – Ethnic Armenians scolded by Abkhaz …

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Russian Official: New Law Enforcement Agency in Tskhinvali ‘Decided Matter’

Igor Zubov and Anatoly Bibilov in Tskhinvali, June 26, 2017. Photo: presidentruo.org At a meeting with Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov on June 26, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said that establishment of the “Information-Coordination Center of Internal Affairs Agencies” in Tskhinvali was a decided matter. According to Zubov, only technical issues …

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Europe – Handle with Care

Georgia`s diplomatic spat with EU Special Representative (EUSR) Herbert Salber last week was as bad-tempered as it was unnecessary. Worse, the confidence-wrecking outburst makes the real differences between Georgia and the EU on breakaway regions even more difficult to address. Ambassador Salber represents the EU in Geneva International Discussions (GID), …

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Kremlin Appoints New Envoy to Tskhinvali

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a presidential ordinance on May 23, appointing Marat Kulakhmetov “the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Ossetia.” Maj. Gen. Kulakhmetov is the former Russian commander of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (JPKF) in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia in 2004-2008.  South …

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Georgian Politicians Express Fury over EU Representative’s Remarks

Various Georgian politicians sharply criticized the statement by the EU special representative for South Caucasus and Geneva talks co-chair, Herbert Salber, who congratulated Tskhinvali leader Anatoly Bibilov on his victory in the presidential election held by Tskhinvali authorities on April 9. Georgian MP and former foreign minister (2004-2005), Salome Zourabichvili …

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New South Ossetian Government Head Appointed

Erik Pukhaev, new head of South Ossetian government. Photo: rso-government.org On May 16, the South Ossetian legislature approved Erik Pukhaev as the head of the region’s 12-member cabinet of ministers. Pukhaev, who served as the deputy head in the previous government, was chosen for the post by the new South …

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Russia lays groundwork for South Ossetia Annexation

On March 28, the UN Security Council held a closed door discussion on developments in Georgia at Ukraine’s request. Speaking at his press briefing after the Security Council meeting, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said one of the matters of concern was “the attempts of annexation and …

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Kokoity vs. Tibilov: An irrelevant standoff

In December 2016, the South Ossetian political scene was rocked by the sudden announcement of ex-president Eduard Kokoity (2006–2011) that he was planning to take part in the presidential elections, which are scheduled for 9 April. On 4 March, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of South Ossetia refused to register …

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