Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of South Ossetia

On 31 December 2013 President of Republic of South Ossetia Tibilov Leonid Kharitonovich issued a decree to release citizen of Georgia Jeparov Teimuraz Savelevich, sentenced in 2010 to 13 years of imprisonment by Supreme Court of Republic of South Ossetia as per article 278 of Criminal Code of RF.

South Ossetia side has stated a number of times at different international levels, including Geneva Discussions and meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism, suggestions on mutual release of the detainers imprisoned in Georgia and South Ossetia.

South Ossetian side counts that today’s act of good will of the leadership of the Republic of South Ossetia will be followed by the Georgian side and the process of mutual release of the detainees will be initiated.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of South Ossetia states again that in Georgian prisons are kept citizens of South Ossetian detained in 2005 for political reasons and hopes that the new Georgian leadership, not related to crimes committed by Saakashvili and his team, will reciprocate this act of good will.


Tskhinval, 31 December 2013