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    ABASHIDZE WILL NOT ASK FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM IN RUSSIA

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    MOSCOW, 14 March, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent/ --Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze (Adzharia is an autonomous republic within Georgia) has no intention to ask for political asylum in Russia. He flatly denied all reports on this account at a press conference held in Moscow.

    "Such an idea could occur only to a coward. How can I leave my people in a crisis like this? I cannot discuss this issue with you in earnest," Abashidze said.

    "My son is the mayor of Batumi, and he is there right now," the Adzharian leader added.

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