Georgian border guards do not recognize documents issued on the occupied peninsula, and sometimes even confiscate them. At the same time, some Crimeans are included in the list of persons who are prohibited from entering the territory of Georgia.
Four Crimeans told The Insider about the problems they encountered when trying to enter Georgia on Russian documents. According to the interlocutors of the publication, when checking documents, Georgian border guards first of all pay attention to the column “place of birth”. If “Ukraine” or “Ukrainian SSR” is indicated there, and the passport is issued by the Krasnodar division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which serves the Crimeans, they may be asked to show an internal Russian passport. If it turns out that the passport was issued by the “Department of the Federal Migration Service for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol”, the visitor is told that Crimea is occupied by Russia, such documents are not recognized in Georgia, therefore they are denied entry.
“I answer that I know this,” the interlocutor of the journalists said. “He says that in connection with this they cannot accept my passport and at the moment they decided not to let me through, and they will send me on the return flight. this passport says “Yes, but this time we made the final decision not to let you in”.
The passport was not returned to the man, saying that they would give it to the crew of the plane. Arriving in Baku, he found out that the Georgian border guards did not Azerbaijanis without a valid document can only be sent to Moscow.In the Russian capital, a Crimean citizen was fined 2,000 rubles for violating the rules for crossing the border, and they were also asked for three hours why he flew away “at such a turbulent time”, after carefully studying the correspondence in instant messengers and photos.
Another Crimean told The Insider that, having studied Russian documents, Georgian border guards not only denied him entry, but also informed him that he was included in the list of persons who are prohibited from entering Georgian territory.