Ramzan Kadyrov and Giorgi Gabuniya. Photo by the press service of Kremlin, kremlin.ru, screenshot of the video by Rustavi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwU6wj56UVDnbEAH5whspHA

17 June 2020, 19:40

Kadyrov calls Georgian journalist Giorgi Gabuniya his enemy

Ramzan Kadyrov has commented on the story about the preparation for the murder of Georgian journalist, Giorgi Gabuniya, calling him his enemy and advising "to kneel and ask for forgiveness."

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 16, the State Security Service (SSS) of Georgia announced the detention of a Russian citizen within the case of preparing an attempt. Nika Gvaramiya, Director General of the "Mtavari Arkhi" TV Company, said that the detainee is a native of Ingushetia, and that the employee of the TV Company, Giorgi Gabuniya, was to be the victim of the attempt. Gvaramiya has linked this with threats to Gabuniya voiced out by the head of Chechnya. Some Facebook users have ridiculed this version, treating it as an attempt to draw public attention to Gabuniya; while others called on the Georgian authorities to protect the journalist.

In July 2019, Gabuniya spoke obscenely about Russian President Vladimir Putin on air of the "Rustavi-2" TV Company. Kadyrov reacted to this, saying that the first persons of Georgia must apologize to Putin and Russia. He also expressed threats against the journalist.

Kadyrov has treated the version of the assassination attempt on Gabuniya as "fables of fate-offended people." He has stressed that he still expects an apology from the journalist.

The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has pointed out the unacceptability of "an attempt to encroach on the life of our citizen, a journalist," the "InterPressNews" reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 17, 2020 at 11:13 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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