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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Thursday, September 4
Bagapsh says “no” to Russian military bases

Rezonansi reports that Russia and both Abkhazia and “South Ossetia” were due to have made “official agreements” about opening Russian military bases in the separatist regions, but this has not happened.

Moscow has planned to open three military bases on Georgia’s territory, in Java, Gudauta and Ochamchire. But Abkhazia’s de facto President Sergey Bagapsh has refused to allow Russian bases on Abkhaz territory.

Political analyst Mamuka Areshidze says, “Abkhazia, unlike South Ossetia, really does strive for independence. That’s why it does not need Russian military bases in Abkhazia. Abkhazia does not want to be in Georgia either, so Bagapsh is trying to move in another direction to demonstrate Abkhazia’s independence to the whole world.”

Prisoner deaths increase

According to the Prisons Department, 30 prisoners have died during the summer, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

According to officials, fourteen prisoners died in either prison or hospital in June. In July and August seven prisoners died. The official reasons for the prisoners’ deaths are tuberculosis, heart diseases, AIDS and so forth. In August one prisoner died after breaking out of Khoni prison with one hundred and fifty one others.

98 out of 152 escapees recaptured

152 prisoners managed to escape together from Khoni Prison during the war but 98 of these have now been recaptured, Akhali Taoba writes.

According to the Prisons Department some of the convicts gave themselves up to police but most were recaptured whilst in hiding.

The Prison Department says it is still looking for 54 prisoners. Some may have left the country, but this is not yet clear.