Residents of five predominantly Ossetian-inhabited villages in the Pankisi Gorge have solicited help in leaving Georgia to settle in North Ossetia, according to the Georgian newspaper "Tribuna" on 13 February, as quoted by Caucasus Press. The villagers cite increasing crime, the influx of Chechen refugees, and appalling socioeconomic conditions as their reasons for wishing to leave Georgia. LF
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