In the latest in an ongoing series of revelations about supposed Russian covert operations in Georgia, officials in Tbilisi are linking a Russian military officer to a recent string of attempted bombings.
The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs on December 7 released a videotaped confession of six detainees suspected of plotting and carrying out five bombing attacks. Those attacks, carried out over the past three months, left one person dead and caused infrastructure damage.
In the tapes, key suspect Gogita Arkania, a resident of the predominantly ethnic Georgian region of Gali in breakaway Abkhazia, claims he was recruited by an Abkhazia-based Russian military officer, Maj. Yevgeniy Borisov, to conduct the attacks aimed to politically destabilize Georgia. Over Tbilisi’s objections, Russia maintains military bases in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, territories that Moscow has recognized as independent.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.