The exact number of deported Georgians is not exactly known. The Foreign Ministry said the majority of deportees had valid visas.
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli said today that the anti-Georgian campaign in Russia is alarming.
Russian military hardware being withdrawn from a Russian base in Batumi, Georgia, in August 2005 (TASS)
WHAT COMES NEXT? Although Russia is unlikely to push an aggressive military response to the current tensions with Georgia, it has a number of economic, political, and diplomatic options at its disposal. Already on October 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin summoned his inner circle to weigh Moscow's options... (more)