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Georgian authorities find 25,000 blank Russian passports on Turkish ship
July 9, 2003
Hoover's Online

Posted by HW on March 26, 2017

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Georgian authorities confiscated 25,000 blank Russian passports Wednesday printed in the Russian and Abkhaz languages from a Turkish ship sailing on the Black Sea.

Trabzon-Sochi
The ship was sailing from the Turkish port of Trabzon to Sochi, Russia when stopped by the Georgian coast guard, the head of the coast guard's border patrol department, Koba Bochorishvili, told Georgia's Rustavi 2 television. The passports were confiscated as illegal cargo and the ship allowed to proceed to Sochi.

Abkhazian separatists
Georgian officials have repeatedly complained to Russia about its practice of issuing passports to Abkhazian separatists. The Georgian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it would investigate whether there was official Russian involvement with the passports and if confirmed, issue a note of protest.
 
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