Russia still maintains a presence on Georgian soil and has recognized the independence of two regions within the internationally recognized boundaries of Georgia. Russia does not exactly have a lot of credibility.
Georgian officials countered that the soldier had asked for asylum due to "unbearable conditions" in the Russian army and even took him to the central Tbilisi branch of fast food chain McDonalds.He said Glukhov was a conscript performing his compulsory military service.Unless you are going to claim AFP is part of the Georgian propoganda ministry, I would say the ball's in your court (appropriate as I am watching the Aussie Open right now)An AFP correspondent later found Glukhov tucking into supper in a branch of McDonalds on Tbilisi's main avenue, accompanied by minders from the Georgian interior ministry.
Glukhov told several media correspondents who had been tipped off over his presence in the restaurant that he had neither been captured or mistreated.
"Nobody took me," said Glukhov, adding he was unaware of the reports from Moscow that he had been captured. "I want to go back to Russia but not to the army."