Locals say there isn’t any physical barrier marking the disputed border near Kvemo Ikorta. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian border guards on Tuesday detained a husband and wife in a village bordering breakaway South Ossetia.

The two, Kakha Kazishvili and Zina Natriashvili, were detained in the village Kvemo Ikorta as they were trying to cross the ‘border’ to visit relatives.

According to locals, there is no physical boundary like barbed wire, and it is difficult even for locals to discern it. Usually people used to move across ‘the border’ imposed by Tskhinvali separatist authorities more or less freely until last couple of years. As in the case of another breakaway Georgian territory, Abkhazia, Russian military that control the both borders has been tightening the rules to passage.

As usual, the detainees are accused of  ‘illegally crossing the border.’ They have been taken to the village Artsev and handed over to South Ossetian police.