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Russia Wrestling Down South Ossetian Opposition

Moscow appears to have had it with South Ossetian politicians who undermine the Kremlin’s influence in the breakaway Caucasus territory and besmirch its image. Days after South Ossetian politician Jambolat Tedeyev renewed his claims to the region's de-facto presidency, Russian Federal Security Service agents showed up at his door.

Tedeyev, the coach of Russia’s national free wrestling team, was questioned and his apartment searched on January 25. Some Russian news reports say that Russian authorities may soon charge Tedeyev with an attempt to stage a coup in South Ossetia.

Russia recognizes South Ossetia as an independent country from Georgia, and the authority by which Tedeyev would be charged is not clear.

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Russia Wrestling Down South Ossetian Opposition

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