Gennady Bestaev’s relatives and neighbors already knew that he was serving a two-year sentence in the Tskhinvali prison, but on March 2, the State Security Service announced that Gennady Bestaev, illegally detained by Russian occupation forces on November 21, 2019, had been detained in Tskhinvali. წ. The court sentenced him to 3 years of illegal imprisonment.
According to SUS, the illegal detentions are a serious consequence of the Russian occupation, which is aimed at putting pressure on the central government, instilling a sense of fear and insecurity in the population.
Genadi Bestaev was arrested a year and four months ago in the village of Zardiantkari near the occupation line. After 2017 e. წ. He was arrested for the fifth time on border violation charges. In the village, in Bestaev’s yard, there is an occupation barbed wire and when he came home, he was called E. წ. He was often detained on charges of violating the border. Bestaev has cousins in the village, and is married in another village, and his wife and children live in Tskhinvali. In previous cases, relatives collected money to free him and released him from Tskhinvali prison. The people of Zardiantkari claim that Gennady Bestaev lived in unbearable conditions. He had barbed wire in the yard and appealed to the authorities for help, but to no avail. During the last arrest, in addition to the so-called border violation, he was also accused of drug smuggling. Genadi Bestaev was also visited in Tskhinvali prison by his neighbor Mirian Taziashvili, who was released in December last year. Mirian Taziashvili told RFE / RL after his release that Gennady was awaiting trial and release, but as RFE / RL found out, Gennady Bestaev had not yet been sentenced to life in prison and was being held in a Tskhinvali prison for a year and four months on a preliminary investigation. Former prisoner of Tskhinvali prison Mirian Taziashvili says the drug smuggling charge is fabricated.
According to Tsisana Taziashvili from Zardiantkari, Genadi Bestaev was often detained because the barbed wire was attached to his door and he mentally violated the so-called border every time he entered the house.
The next meeting of the Working Group on Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism is scheduled for March 5 in Ergneti. Georgian authorities will raise the issue of releasing Georgian citizens illegally detained in Tskhinvali prison. Ahead of the meeting and during the visit of the co-chairs of the Geneva talks to occupied Tskhinvali, the de facto government released one Georgian citizen detained a few days ago.
According to the State Security Service, Malkhaz Doluashvili, a resident of the village of Zerti in the occupied territory of the village of Bershueti, Gori Municipality, was illegally detained three days ago. According to SUS, the “hot line” was immediately activated in connection with the fact. The incident was reported to the EUMM, informing the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions and Georgia’s international partners. All relevant mechanisms have been activated. De facto authorities handed Doluashvili over to Georgian law enforcers at the Ergneti checkpoint. After his release, Doluashvili said he was in solitary confinement and had not seen any other Georgian citizens.
“Illegal arrests by the occupying forces will be strictly enforced by the central government at the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) scheduled for March 5 and the Geneva International Discussions.”
“The occupation forces of the Russian Federation are fully responsible for the illegal deprivation of liberty for Georgian citizens and illegal detentions for fictitious reasons,” the SUS said in a statement.
Zaza Gakheladze is one of the last citizens to be imprisoned in occupied Tskhinvali. Zaza Gakheladze was sentenced to 12 years and 6 months in prison by the de facto Supreme Court of the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region.