SHEVARDNADZE ACCUSES RUSSIA OF ABETTING TERRORISM.
Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 89
In his radio address yesterday, Shevardnadze also accused the Russian government of violating interstate agreements by refusing to extradite accused terrorist Igor Giorgadze to Georgia. Expressing "concern over senior Russian officials’ attitude toward notorious terrorists," Shevardnadze noted that "not only Giorgadze but various other terrorists and criminals also found a haven in Russia." The Georgian president charged that Moscow "complains about terrorism on its own territory while condoning it elsewhere. Such double standards are impermissible." (Interfax, May 5)
Giorgadze is Georgia’s former state security chief. He was accused of organizing the August 1995 assassination attempt that injured Shevardnadze, and fled afterward to Russia. There he maintains a political profile, despite being wanted by Georgia and the Interpol on charges of terrorism. Last week, Giorgadze was appointed chief of the Moscow bureau of Georgia’s pro-Russian and extreme leftist Social-Democrat Party. (RIA, Itar-Tass, April 30, May 1)
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