Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.5
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Russia has released two Georgian citizens accused of espionage, Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze said on Feb.5 at a briefing.
They were released several days ago, according to Abashidze. He didn't specify the names of the released Georgian citizens.
These people were detained during the period after the military conflict in August 2008. They were sentenced to eight and nine years in prison respectively, the prime minister's special representative said.
Another several citizens of the country have also been detained in Russia on these charges. We are working on this issue and it is very important to release them as soon as possible, Abashidze stressed.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.