Washington Times
May 4 2004

Georgian prez blasts ex-Russian general



Tbilisi, , May. 3 (UPI) -- A retired Russian general is masterminding
sabotage attacks in former Soviet Georgia, Georgia's president told
CNN.

Mikhail Saakashvili, president of the remote and mountainous Caucasus
republic told the network that Maj.Gen. Yuri Netkachov had commanded
forces supporting rebel Adzharian secessionist leader Aslan Abashidze
who blew up two bridges Sunday.

"I am certainly addressing the Russian government today to help us,
to spare us and to get rid of some people who fly in and blow up
bridges and stir up trouble," he told CNN.

Russian paramilitary forces have been active in the Caucasus, aiding
Armenia against Azerbaijan and supporting the Adzharians, traditional
Russian allies, against the Georgian central government in Tbilisi.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress