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03 December 2018, 13:21

Seven persons detained at special operation in Tbilisi

In the capital of Georgia, law enforcers have detained six citizens of Ukraine and a citizen of Georgia; weapons and ammunition were found on them during a search, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reported on December 2.

The special operation took place at night on December 2 in "Guru" and "Alliance" Hotels.

In the rooms where the detainees lived, policemen found Makarov and Beretta pistols, automatic home-made firearms and ammunition, the "Sputnik-Georgia" quoted the MIA's message on December 2.

According to the police, the detainees arrived in Georgia on November 27. "Now, the inquiry is on into their specific mission and goals of arriving in the country," the "InterPressNews" reports, citing the message.

"The MIA and the State Security Service (SSS) will establish whether the detained citizens of Ukraine and the citizen of Georgia are connected with the political processes underway in the country," the "InterPressNews" quotes the police as stating.

The detained citizen of Georgia is a former Georgian soldier Luka Chkhetiya; he fought for the Ukrainian "Donbass" battalion, the "News-Georgia" writes.

Chkhetiya's family has linked his detention with his political stance and demanded his release, the Georgian Public Broadcaster has reported on its website.

"Before the elections, he was very active on the social network; he published posts that are unacceptable for the authorities," the Broadcaster quotes Luka's sister as saying.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 3, 2018 at 07:53 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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