A further step has been taken to solving the mystery surrounding the death of Georgia’s first post-Soviet president. The remains of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who is said to have committed suicide, have been found in the Chechen capital Grozny. He was toppled within a year of coming to power in 1991 and died two years later.
“I have no doubt it’s him,” said his son. “There was a cross, soil from Georgia, shoes and a watch in the coffin.” After his death in 1993 Gamsakhurdia was taken to Grozny for burial, but the grave was lost among the ruins of two wars between Russia and separatists. Amid claims he was murdered, Chechen investigators are promising to launch an inquiry if they find any evidence of foul play.