TBILISI, DFWatch–Two Georgians were detained by Russian border guards on Friday near the village Adzvi, near the delineation line around South Ossetia.
The detainees were two young men, Lasha Tanashvili, 15 and Levan Kokoriani, 18, who were out looking after cattle.
Witnesses say grandfather was with the boys during incident but he managed to run away.
The two boys were taken to the detention facility in Tskhinvali, the administrative center of the breakaway region.
They were released in the evening the same day after negotiations with the Interior Ministry’s Analytic department and and let through the check-point at Ergneti. Upon their release, they said they were not subject to any pressure.
A day before, Russians detained Roin Abramashvili, 70, who was collecting mushrooms close to the village Sakorintlo.
Georgians are frequently detained for crossing the South Ossetia border. In many villages the demarcation is not clearly visible. Sometimes villagers claim they were not even close to the border when they were detained. The detainees are usually released after paying a fine of about USD 60.