Abkhazia's release of a Georgian prisoner has resulted in large-scale protests in the breakaway republic and forced its de facto leader into crisis mode.
On December 25, the Abkhazian authorities released Giorgi Lukava, who had served seven years of a 20-year sentence, to Georgian officials across their de facto boundary.
Lukava was part of the pro-Georgian “Forest Brothers” paramilitary group, which carried out a guerrilla campaign against the Abkhazian authorities for many years, before disbanding in 2004. The group was also responsible for killing Abkhazian law enforcement officers as well as civilians.
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