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Russia Protests To Georgia Over Journalists Incident

5 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Moscow today protested to Tbilisi over a recent incident in which Georgian villagers assaulted a Russian television crew.

In comments posted on its website, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Georgian authorities of failing to protect foreign citizens in general, and Russian nationals in particular.

Residents of Napareuli in Georgia's eastern region of Kakheti on 3 September attacked three Russian reporters working for the NTV television station, smashing their equipment and forcing them to flee.

Georgian media reports say the incident occurred after the journalists had shown villagers footage of a pornographic film purporting to describe Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko having sex in a helicopter.

NTV has denied the reports and the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi today described the incident as a "provocation."

(RFE/RL /Civil Georgia)

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