According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, late on January 11, at the Chechen section of the Russia-Georgia border, the Kakheti /eastern Georgia/ police freed Russian citizen Vladimir Makiyev who had been kept hostage for about six weeks and Georgian citizen Zaur Gonashvili, kidnepped about two months ago. During the release operation the criminals offered an armed resistance. The police fired back. The exchange of gunfire slightly wounded Gonashvili in the leg, RIA Novosti announces. The medics say Makiyev and Gonashvili are out of danger. The bandits demanded a random of one million dollars for the Russian citizen, and 100,000 dollars for the Georgian citizen.
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