06MOSCOW11771, GEORGIA UPDATE, OCTOBER 19

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06MOSCOW11771 2006-10-19 14:13 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4235
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSCOW 011771 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/19/2016 
TAGS: PREL MARR PREF GG RS
SUBJECT: GEORGIA UPDATE, OCTOBER 19 
 
REF: MOSCOW 11690 AND PREV. 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR WILLIAM J. BURNS.  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
Summary 
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1. (C)  News of detention of Georgians continues to appear, 
with the Volga Federal District the latest site.  The 
Georgian Embassy claims that educational institutions are 
still being used in some areas to locate undocumented 
Georgians, though a Moscow official denies this ever happened 
inside the capital.  Officials and private citizens continue 
to protest the targeting of the ethnic Georgian community in 
Russia, while the Duma prepares to assess Abkhazia's claims 
to independence.  End Summary. 
 
Deportations 
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2. (SBU) The body of Tengiz Togonidze, who died of asthma on 
October 17 while awaiting deportation from Moscow, has left 
Moscow.  Owing to the Russian ban on direct flights to 
Tbilisi, the body was flown to Yerevan for trans-shipment to 
Tbilisi, where Togonidze's family lives. 
 
3. (U) Press reports confirm Georgian Embassy claims that 
about 150 Georgians in the Volga Federal District have been 
detained and served with deportation orders.  The Georgian 
Embassy claims about 100 Georgians remain in detention in 
Moscow. 
 
4. (C) Moscow Duma International Affairs Department Deputy 
Director Lebedev predicted to us that sanctions would remain 
in place for "months, not weeks."  The Presidential 
Administration would not set in motion the machinery of 
state, he argued, only to reverse itself a few days later. 
When pushed on the fact that some Georgians with visas and 
work permits were being deported, Lebedev pushed back, saying 
"it is not pretty and it is not nice, but Russia has a 
sovereign right to revoke visas." Georgian professionals, he 
predicted would remain, while criminal elements and casino 
owners would continue to feel the heat. 
 
5. (C) However, Boris Makarenko, consultant to United Russia, 
noted a contradiction between the campaign to deport 
Georgians and the new national migration policy coming into 
effect on January 1 2007, which provides an amnesty and a 
streamlined means for illegal migrants to obtain legal 
status.  This is "absolutely incompatible" with the measures 
being brought against the Georgian community. 
 
Harassment, Sanctions 
--------------------- 
 
6. (C) The Georgian Embassy claims institutions of higher 
education in Tomsk have received requests for information on 
students with Georgian surnames.  Moscow official Lebedev 
adamantly denied that there had been a Moscow City Duma order 
permitting the use of school records to identify Georgian 
families.  Such a step was "absolutely unacceptable;" the 
Mayor rejected any such idea, as did the Ministry of 
Education and the federal authorities.  "It is not happening, 
it would cross all bounds." 
 
Aims 
---- 
 
7. (C) Former Prime Minister Kasyanov, speaking with the 
Ambassador October 19, was scathing in his analysis of the 
Georgian President, saying that Saakashvili did not 
understand what he was doing.  "He's going to keep pushing, 
and then he will get what he deserves."  However, Kasyanov 
condemned the targeting of ethnic Georgians.  Moscow official 
Lebedev, too, reiterated arguments that the GOR campaign was 
designed to show Georgians the price of retaining Saakashvili 
and the Georgian President the cost of provoking Russia. 
 
Statements 
---------- 
 
8. (U) A chorus of Duma deputies has urged Russia to 
recognize the independence of separatist Abkhazia, including 
Duma CIS Affairs Committee Chair Kokoshin.  Duma Foreign 
Affairs Committee Chair Kosachev has stated that the Duma 
will review Abkhazia's claims, but noted that this is for the 
government, not the Duma, to decide.  Lebedev explained that 
Mayor Luzhkov also takes an active interest in Georgia and 
the separatist enclaves due to the significant financial 
flows between the two.  If the residents of the enclaves 
flee, their favorite place of refuge is Moscow, with many 
enclave residents already having businesses, properties and 
family members in the capital.  The city has investments in 
 
MOSCOW 00011771  002 OF 002 
 
 
Abkhaz resorts, funds road repair and undertakes city 
administration training as part of the economic development 
program for South Ossetia. 
 
BURNS

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