The so called Russian border officers kidnapped three citizens of Georgia from the village of Khurvaleti on 24 August. According to the Georgian Public Broadcaster, Avtandil Atskarunashvili, Shota Atskarunashvili and Ilia Kudukhashvili, residents of the village of Akhalsopeli, were detained when taking barley yield from the field.
Head of the Interior Ministry's Analytical Department, Gocha Ratiani told Interpressnews news agency that the kidnapped citizens of Georgia have been transported to Tskhinvali detention facility. "We immediately got involved. The EU Monitoring Mission has been informed. Currently they are at Tskhinvali detention facility. We are using all the resources at hand," Ratiani said.