RUSSIA DENIES GEORGIAN-BASED SERVICEMEN INVOLVED IN PUBLIC PROTESTS
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Interfax-AVN military news agency website
15 Mar 06

Moscow, 15 March: Claims by Georgian officials that Russian servicemen were involved in protest rallies in Akhalkalaki (Samtskhe-Javakheti Province) are unfounded, Interfax-AVN was told by phone today by deputy commander of Russia's 62nd Base Col Igor Luzhnikov.

"Servicemen from the 62nd Base in Akhalkalaki do not take part in rallies and there are no grounds whatsoever for the accusations levelled at them by Georgian officials," Luzhnikov said. There have been mass protest actions in Alkhalkalaki every day since 11 March. The population are demanding a proper inquiry in connection with the killing on 8 March of an Alkhalkalaki resident of Armenian origin.