Russia must take immediate steps to stop South Ossetian militias "running wild" in a mainly Georgian-populated corner of the breakaway region, a human rights watchdog said on Nov. 26. Human Rights Watch said it had documented attacks and harassment by militias against ethnic Georgians in Akhalgori and surrounding villages more than three months after Russia drove Georgian forces from South Ossetia in a five-day war. "South Ossetian militias are running wild, attacking ethnic Georgians in Akhalgori," Tanya Lokshina, deputy director of the HRW office in Moscow, said in a press release. (Reuters)

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