“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
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.