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“I want to tell you that Georgia has refused to extradite [Akhmed] Chatayev to Russia, and that is a matter of principle for us,” Tea
Tsulukiani told people from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge who had gathered
outside her ministry and demand Chatayev’s release from pretrial
detention.

Chatayev, who is a Russian national, was arrested by Georgian special
forces in September during an operation in a border area against a
group of militants who had crossed the frontier into Georgia from the
neighboring Russian republic of Dagestan.

Tsulukiani said five Chechens whom Georgia extradited to Russia in 2002 had disappeared.

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