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Georgia Will Not Extradite Russian Army Deserter

Aleksandr Glukhov speaks to the press at a McDonald's in Tbilisi in January
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 Ministry, told RFE/RL that Glukhov would not be extradited until the issue of his political asylum is resolved.

Russia's military prosecutor, General Sergei 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.