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TBILISI, Georgia - The man who confessed to throwing a live grenade toward President Bush during a May rally in Georgia has no connection with Russian forces, an official said Friday.
Suspicions that the man might be linked to Russian forces in the country followed reports that Russian military uniforms were found in his house after he was arrested during a shootout with police Wednesday. One Georgian policeman was killed, and the suspect was wounded in the shooting.
"I confirm categorically that he never served in our structures," said Col. Vladimir Kuparadze, deputy commander of Russia's forces in Georgia. "As to the Russian military uniforms, getting those in Georgia doesn't present any difficulty."
Russia has troops at two military bases in Georgia and their withdrawal, now scheduled for 2008, had been a tense issue. Georgia and Russia agreed in June on a withdrawal date.
Vladimir Arutyunian, 27, admitted in video footage shown Thursday that he threw the grenade that landed near a podium where Bush was speaking in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, officials said. The grenade malfunctioned and did not explode.
Originally posted by Nordix
... yea right. And that's why Russian FSB hired the guy and have him the russian uniform, russian passport, an appartment in Moscow, a million dollar account in Switzerland and a malfunctioned grenade.
If it were Russians, we'd do it more accurate.
Originally posted by koji_K
Sorry, this is pretty extreme... as bsbray11 noted, if Putin wanted Bush dead, he'd be dead. Likewise, if Bush wanted Putin dead, he'd be dead. I find it hard to believe that we went through the cold war without assasinating each other's leaders only for someone to try it over "not liking to be pushed around."