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Georgian Minister: Russian Intelligence Service Behind Gori Blast
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 25 Jul.'05 / 14:31

Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili alleged on July 25 that agents of Russia’s Main Intelligence Administration (GRU - Glavnoye Razvedovatelnoye Upravlenie) were behind a car bomb explosion in Gori on February 1, which resulted in death of three Georgian policemen.

He said that the law enforcers arrested in the South Ossetian conflict zone two persons who are suspected in carrying out this terrorist act. Merabishvili said that the third person, with links to this explosion is also arrested.

“According to our information, year and half ago colonel of the Russia’s GRU Anatoly Sisoev has set up a group of saboteurs, which, according to our information was trained on the territory of Russia… This group has carried out the terrorist act here in Gori,” Merabishvili said at a news conference which was held in Gori.

He said that persons who are suspected in implementing this terrorist act - Gia Valiev and Gia Zasiev – were arrested on July 17 in, as he put it, “Tskhinvali region” but the Minister did not specify the exact venue. Georgian officials refer to the South Ossetian conflict zone when using “Tskhinvali Region.”

Merabishvili also said that the police also arrested Joseb Kochiev, who allegedly bought a car shortly before the terrorist act in which an explosive was detonated.

The Georgian Interior Minister also said that he met with Russian Ambassador in Georgia on July 25 and handed over to him all the materials of the investigation.

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