Russia says more than 9,000 Georgians in Russia illegally
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||14 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia says more than 9,000 Georgians in Russia illegally, 14 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fdb2f74e.html [accessed 20 September 2014]|
By RFE/RL's Georgian Service
June 14, 2012
Russia's Federal Migration Service says there are more than 9,000 Georgian citizens currently on Russian territory illegally.
Service chief Konstantin Romodanovsky told journalists the Georgians came to Russia legally but records show they have overstayed the 90-day maximum period.
"We will find these people," Romodanovsky said, adding that once found they would be sent back to Georgia.
Romodanovsky spoke the same day the European Court of Human Rights heard the complaint of four ethnic Georgians who were deported from Russia in 2006 and claim they were expelled in a tit-for-tat move after Georgia detained four Russian officers on espionage charges.
With reporting by ITAR-TASS