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February 3, 2005
WAR: Gas Poisoning

The prime minister of Georgia, Zurab Zhvania, died of "gas poisoning" at a friend's house, under circumstances that thus far don't seem to clearly indicate whether the death was an accident or foul play, although they are calling it an accident for now:

An Iranian-made gas-powered heating stove was in the main room of the mezzanine-floor apartment, where a table was set up with a backgammon set lying open upon it, Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said in a televised statement reported by The Associated Press.

Zhvania was in a chair; Usupov's body was found in the kitchen. Security guards tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the prime minister, Merabishvili said. "It all happened suddenly," he said.

"It is an accident," Merabishvili said. "We can say that poisoning by gas took place."

Asked if foul play was suspected, [Vice Premier Georgy] Baramidze told CNN it appeared to be accidental, although "there are lots of enemies of Georgia that might have wished him dead."

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