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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia to Sue Forbes Over Abkhazia

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia said Friday that it would take the Russian edition of Forbes magazine to the European Court of Human Rights for publishing details of properties for sale in its rebel Abkhazia region.

Russian investors are buying land and property in Abkhazia. Tbilisi says the deals are illegal and that in many cases the rightful owners of the properties are Georgians forced to flee during a war in the early 1990s.

Lasha Bregvadze, chief civil servant in Georgia's Population and Refugees Ministry, said the ministry would be filing its suit against the Russian edition of the business magazine.

"The sale of property which belongs to refugees is illegal. It is strange that such an authoritative magazine as Forbes does not know this," Bregvadze said. "We will prepare a suit within a week."

The Russian edition of Forbes is published by German media company Axel Springer.

The magazine's editor said it had printed an article about the property market but that there were no advertisements for particular properties.