Death of Georgian whilst in detention in South Ossetia raises tensions in conflict zone
26 February 2018

The death of  a Georgian who was killed whilst being detained by the de facto authorities in South Ossetia has increased tension in the South Ossetia conflict zone.

There was a sharp reaction by the Georgian authorities over the weekend at the news that Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili died whilst being detained by the security force of the self-declared republic of South Ossetia, overnight on February 22-23.

Archil Tatunashvili's family members told journalists that he went to visit his own house in Akhalgori on February 22, but then they "lost contact" with him. They also said that Tatunashvili crossed into the Ossetian controlled Akhalgori Municipality periodically.

Akhalgori, which has a mainly Georgian population, was occupied by Russian forces during the short 2008 Georgia-Russia war, and later passed to the control of the South Ossetian de facto authorities