TBILISI, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - The head of RIA Novosti's bureau in Georgia is being investigated on suspicion of forging a driving license in a case his lawyers say it totally without merit.
Besik Pipia has denied using a forged license, issued in 1991, after he lost the original document in 1977.
He said he hoped the criminal case against him was not politically motivated.
"I hope that the investigation... is simply a misunderstanding, not an echo of the worsening Russian-Georgian relations," he said in a letter to the Georgian minister of justice, adding that he continued to work "to ensure that the last bridges linking our two countries are not burned."
Georgian lawyer Gia Meparishvili said Pipia had done no wrong and that an incorrect entry in his driving license had been made by a Georgian Interior Ministry officer.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
The President talked about sincerity as a fundamental value that can effectively counter the harsh information war waged against Russia by Ukraine on behalf of the US, and, to a lesser extent, the EU. Russia has moderated its response, helping Ukraine and the US to shine, as the saying goes, in all their beauty and ugliness.