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Georgia To Probe Russian Rights Abuses

Georgians deported from Russia emerge from a Russian cargo plane at Tbilisi airport from a Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane at Tbilisi airport on October 6 (epa) October 24, 2006 -- The Georgian parliament has set up a commission to look into alleged human rights abuses against Georgians recently deported from Russia.

Russian authorities earlier this month deported nearly 700 Georgians for alleged immigration violations.

The deportations came in the wake of a spying row.

President Mikheil Saakashvili has said Georgia is considering referring the deportees' cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Moscow And Tbilisi

Moscow And Tbilisi

Russian military hardware being withdrawn from a Russian base in Batumi, Georgia, in August 2005 (TASS)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)


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