TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia has declared a Georgian member of parliament internationally wanted, accusing him of past ties to the Russian opposition and having tried to finance a revolution.
According to reports in the Russian media, investigators have charged Givi Targamadze, member of parliament from the National Movement, and announced him internationally wanted.
Vladimer Markin, Official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia, says Givi Targamadze is accused of organizing massive disorder on Russian territory, coordinated by Sergey Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front and his assistant Leonid Razvizhzaev.
Markin said that the investigative committee in the near future will ask a court to sentence Targamadze to preliminary detention.
A few months ago, Russian media first reported about a possible connection between him and the Russian opposition. At the time, the National Movement party was in government in Georgia; Targamadze’s party. The media reported that he promised the Russian opposition activists USD 35 per month to organize a revolution.
In December, Russian police published new evidence which strengthened the case that the Georgian politician may have tried to foment social unrest in Russia.
Irakli Chilingarashvili from the Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday on the television station Rustavi 2 that Georgia cannot extradite Givi Targamadze to Russia.
He said Georgia hasn’t received an extradition request from the Russian Prosecutor’s Office.
“As soon as we receive an appropriate request, we will discuss it, as the law requires it, and then make a decision.”
He said Givi Targamadze is a Georgian citizen, and extradition of a Georgian citizen to a foreign state is prohibited.
“We cannot transfer a Georgian citizen to a foreign state, whether it is Russia or any other country,” he said.