Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 118

Georgia’s head of state has announced that he would not attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York because of terrorist threats which he traced to Igor Georgadze, the former chief of Georgian State Security. Shevardnadze said Georgadze and his accomplices "are backed by fairly influential forces in both Georgia and Russia." The leaders of his Civic Union party also advised him against risking his life by flying out of the country in the run-up to the November 5 presidential and parliamentary elections. They said that warnings of another attempt against Shevardnadze’s life came from the same sources who had warned of the August 29 attempt. (18)

Georgadze, dismissed last month on charges of having organized the August 29 attempt and other crimes, is being sheltered in Moscow. The Russian prosecutor general’s arrest warrant against him has been openly defied by the Internal Affairs Ministry with evident impunity.

Summit Still in Question.