TBILISI, DFWatch–The Russian newspaper Izvestia accuses Georgia’s special services of having trained one of the brothers behind the recent Boston marathon bombings, but Georgian officials deny this.
According to an article published in Izvestia, Tamerlan Tsarnayev, one of the organizers of the bombings, was trained at a seminar held by the Georgian specials services together with American think tanks.
The newspaper claims to have obtained documents from Georgia’s Interior Ministry’s intelligence department which proves that a Georgian organization called the Caucasus Fund in cooperation with the American Jamestown Foundation attempted to win over people living in the North Caucasus for the interests of the US and Georgia.
The article says that in the documents obtained from the intelligence department, it says that the Caucasus Fund used to work in Zaqatala, Qakh and Balakan; three regions in northern Azerbaijan bordering Dagestan. According to the article, Georgia’s special services, with the assistance of the Caucasus Fund and Jamestown Foundation, were working to find people in Chechnya who support Georgia.
“They are invited to events in the republic under innocuous pretexts. At these seminars, the Russians are being recruiting and being preparing for acts of terrorism,” the article reads.
Deputy Interior Minister Tamar Beruchashvili yesterday told journalists that the information published in the article is possibly speculation.
According to the information of Georgia’s Interior Ministry has access to, Tamerlan Tsarnayev, one of the organizers of the Boston bombings, hasn’t even been to Georgia, and the Interior Ministry doesn’t have any connection with events described in the newspaper article.
The same day, Wednesday, the Caucasus Fund issued a statement accusing Izvestia of defamation.
According to the statement, the fund has never conducted any event or seminar such as is described in the article, and neither is it familiar with Tamerlan Tsarnayev.
“Fund of Caucasus confirms that its goal is and remains to be restoration and development of science-academic, cultural and humanitarian relations in northern and southern countries,” the statement reads. “This information is an attempt to blame Georgia worldwide.”