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Moscow Officially Adds Georgian Lawmaker To Wanted List

Georgian lawmaker Givi Targamadze
Georgian lawmaker Givi Targamadze
Russia says an arrest warrant has been issued for Georgian lawmaker Givi Targamadze, according to an announcement by the Russian Interior Ministry on February 15.

Russia's Investigation Committee said one day earlier that Targamadze had been charged in absentia with organizing mass disorders in Russia.

In Georgia, the prosecutor-general's office said Targamadze will not be extradited to Russia, adding that the country's constitution does not allow the extradition of Georgian citizens to other countries.

In October, a pro-Kremlin television channel aired a documentary claiming that Targamadze had met with Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov to plan riots in Moscow.

Udaltsov and two other opposition activists, Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozzhayev, were later charged with organizing a violent antigovernment protest in Moscow in May 2012.

The three men, along with Targamadze, denied the charges against them.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS