Two hundred high-ranking officers of Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs retired Tuesday, reportedly on orders from Giorgy Baramidze, Georgia's minister of internal affairs.
As a Rosbalt reporter learned at the ministry, most of those leaving were heads of regional and district units of the ministry. The mass departure of high-ranking police officers is part of a general overhaul of the system, the ministry said.
According to another view of the situation, Baramidze acted to rid the ministry of officers implicated in corruption and bribe-taking. However, the 'purge' included appointees designated after the revolution by the new Georgian authorities. They are expected eventually to rejoin the ministry.
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed