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Limited Caucasus Emirate presence in Abkhazia reconfirmed

Abkhazia's Prosecutor's Office has at long last finalised indictments in the investigation of several attempts on the life of President Alexander Ankvab (and Pitsunda Mayor Beslan Ardzinba). The investigation took shape and several people were arrested after the most recent attack in February 2012, that killed two of Ankvab's guards. In line with previous statements, the Prosecutor's Office says the attacks were ordered by crime boss Pavel Ardzinba, who is still on the run, and also involved former Interior Minister Almasbei Kchach, who committed suicide when police came to arrest him.

There seems to be no mention now of the spectacular claim made previously by the Russian National Counter-Terrorism Council that of the people involved in the assassination attempts, Rustan Gitsba and the Chitanava brothers were also planning an attack on the 2014 Sochi Olympics as part of the Caucasus Emirate. However, according to the Prosecutor's Office, Edgar Chitanava and Rustan Gitsba were working to further the goals of the Caucasus Emirate in staging a bomb attack on the Sukhum railway on 9 August 2009.

Category: Abkhazia, Chechnya, Russia

Tagged: olympics, sochi, umarov