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White Legion (Georgia)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 164
Country: Georgia
Date formed: Jan. 1, 1996
Details of Formation:
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: exists Dec 2007
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations no information
Shared personnel yes
Types of Material Support: domestic government; plunder and loot; crime
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: former rebels
Location: Gali District Abkhaz border area
Force Strength: [300, 500]
Target(s): unarmed political opposition, government critics; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; ethnic group; regular military force; international peacekeeping force
Purpose(s): protect national borders and integrity; self-defense and security
Other Information: Zurab Samushiya, commander of the White Legion. Georgian officials periodically deny responsibility for group - see for example 2003 source. Sources link White Legion to Georgian Interior Ministry and one source said group included interior ministry personnel from region; main target are Russian peacekeepers