Russia: July 10, 2002


Georgian authorities refused the Abkhazian and Russian General Staff proposal to place permanent peacekeeping posts in the upper ranges of Abkhazia's Kodori gorge. Georgian Minister Malkhaz Kakabadze told Interfax-Military News Agency on 8 July that there were no Georgian army units in the gorge, so the speculation that Georgia was deploying a bridgehead in the Kodori gorge to attack Abkhazia was groundless. Abkhazia claims there are over 900 armed Georgian citizens in the Kodori gorge, but this is currently impossible to prove. 

Meanwhile, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze ruled out the use of foreign troops in the Pankisi gorge and Georgia will independently restore order there, adding that Russian deployment of military units into the region without Georgia's sanction would be considered an act of aggression. Russian and Georgian special services report that 600 to 800 Chechen rebels and foreign mercenaries were hiding in the gorge. - Adam Geibel

In the Far East, for the second time in the last two days, a Russian army deserter was arrested while trying to cross the border into China. The soldier had been drafter a year ago. Abuse of new recruits continues to cause low morale and desertion.


Article Archive

Russia: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close