A sign warning about the de facto border. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian soldiers have detained two Georgian citizens outside the village Kveshi, near Gori, which borders on the South Ossetian breakaway region.

According to Interpressnews, the detainees are Zakro Butkhuzi, from Kveshi, and his guest Buta Baliashvili, from Akhrisi. Both were taken to the isolator in Tskhinvali.

Usually in such cases, Georgian citizens are being accused of ‘violating the border.’ They are taken to the Tskhinvali isolator and released after paying about USD 60 in fine for the ‘violation.’

Georgia raises the issue of releasing detainees at regular field meetings hosted by the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM), called the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM).

The 47th IPRM meeting was held on July 30 in Ergneti.

According to EUMM, participants discussed various issues related to the daily lives of local communities living along the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia. They addressed issues related to water supply and discussed the fate of detainees and missing persons.

Next IPRM meeting will take place in September.