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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Giorgadze Faces Return to Tbilisi

A presidential aide indicated Tuesday that Russia would fulfill Georgia's repeated demands for the extradition of Tbilisi's former security chief following an attempt to kill the Georgian president.

Georgian officials have blamed Igor Giorgadze for an attempt to kill President Eduard Shevardnadze in 1995, and said he could have been involved in a failed assassination attempt against Shevardnadze a week ago.

Giorgadze has been living in Russia despite Georgia's demands for his extradition. Georgian prosecutors have dismissed Russian statements that Giorgadze could not be located, saying his whereabouts are well-known.

Now "there are serious chances" to have Giorgadze extradited, said Yevgeny Savostyanov, deputy chief of President Boris Yeltsin's staff, in remarks reported by Interfax.

He said there "has been some change in the psychological climate" since the Feb. 9 shootout around Shevardnadze's motorcade, in which three people were killed. Savostyanov said Russian law-enforcement officials had been looking for Giorgadze since Georgia's initial request for his extradition.