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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gamsakhurdia Deal

Georgian and Chechen officials forged a macabre deal Wednesday to allow the body of ousted Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia to be identified and flown to Chechnya for burial.


A journalist who attended the negotiations said a joint team would set off to find and identify the body Thursday.


The deal should end the strange saga surrounding the possible suicide of Gamsakhurdia at the end of last year, after the failure of an armed comeback attempt.


The location of his body, somewhere in western Georgia, is known only to his family and close aides in Chechnya.