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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Commander Shot Dead

TBILISI, Georgia -- The commander of a Russian garrison in Georgia has been shot dead by one of his men, a local government official said Tuesday.

The official, from the Akhalkalaki region where the incident took place Monday night, said the man detained for the shooting was a sergeant. He said an investigation had been launched.

Interfax quoted the detained man as saying the commander had systematically bullied him.

Russia maintains several military bases in Georgia despite often tense relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.