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Russian Army Deserter Prevented From Meeting His Mother

Aleksandr Glukhov

Aleksandr Glukhov

TBILISI -- Russian Army deserter Aleksandr Glukhov was unable to meet with his mother today.

Glukhov left his Russian military unit in South Ossetia last month and entered Tbilisi-controlled Georgian territory, asking for political asylum.

His mother arrived in South Ossetia on February 9 and talked to her son by phone.

Their meeting was planned for today, but Shota Utiashvili of Georgia's Interior Affairs Ministry told RFE/RL's Russian Service that Russian authorities did not allow the soldier's mother, Galina Glukhova, to travel to Georgian-controlled territory to meet her son.

Glukhov refuses to leave Georgia, fearing arrest and prosecution.