Russian investigators on Thursday said they had opened a probe into whether Georgian forces committed genocide in their attack last week on the rebel South Ossetia region, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The investigative committee of the prosecutor general "started a criminal probe concerning Article 357 of the Criminal Code -- genocide -- based on information received about actions by Georgia's armed forces aimed at the annihilation of Russian citizens living in South Ossetia and belonging to the Ossetian ethnicity," committee spokesman Igor Komissarov was quoted as saying.
Russian officials say 1,600 South Ossetians were killed in Georgia's attack on the separatist region, most of whose residents have Russian citizenship.
Tbilisi calls the number wildly inflated and has accused Moscow of war crimes since Russia launched a massive retaliatory strike against Georgia.
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