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Georgia Will Not Extradite Russian Army Deserter

March 17, 2009

TBILISI -- Georgia will not extradite Russian army deserter Sergeant Aleksandr Glukhov, RFE/RL's Russian service reports.

Shota Utiashvili, a spokesperson for Georgia's Interior Affairs Ministry, told RFE/RL that Glukhov would not be extradited until the issue of his political asylum is resolved.

Russia's Military Prosecutor General Sergey Fridinsky said earlier on March 17 that investigations are under way into Glukhov's desertion of his military unit.

Glukhov left his unit in South Ossetia in January and entered Georgian territory, where he asked for political asylum.

The Russian military originally stated that Glukhov was kidnapped by Georgian secret services.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/Georgia_Will_Not_Extradite_Russian_Army_Deserter/1511843.html

Copyright (c) 2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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