Georgian ministry arrests nine Georgian, three Russian citizens for spying for Russia (UPDATE)
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 5 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
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The Georgian Interior Ministry has detained 13 people on charges of spying for Russia, Deputy Chief of the Georgian Interior Ministry's Counterintelligence Department Otar Ordzhonikidze said at a news briefing today.
The arrested are Georgian citizens Bakur Kiguradze, Vyacheslav Pluzhnikov, Gabriel Ustalishvili, David Meshidze, Bela Kakabadse, Gocha Diasamidze, Tariel Abashidze, Ruslan Galogre, and Eduard Abdullayev and the Russian citizens are Armen Gevorgyan, Ruben Shikoyan, Petre Devrishadze and Yuri Skripnikov.
A Georgian court ordered a measure of restraint for two months for all of the detained individuals. The court held the trial in a closed regime.
Ordzhonikidze said the individuals worked for Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, the Russian Defense Ministry and the FSB.
"We told everyone to come to the Interior Ministry and confess about working for foreign secret services in 2006. In this case, they would have received amnesty," he said.
He said the country held a special operation this year codenamed "Enver" to identify individuals working for foreign intelligence and detained 13 people - four of them are Russian citizens.
The Georgian Interior Ministry has published part of the confessions of the detainees.