Everything here is just impressions of a person, personal experience so to say and not something I read in recent news.
Back in the Soviet Union times southern republics like Georgian Soviet Republic or Armenian Soviet Republic had generally a much better level of life than central Russia for instance. I remember when we went to Abkhazia to see our relatives in 1988, I was just a kid but still I remember that our relatives there had two cars, a country house with a garden, and the city of Sukhumi (capital of Abkhazia, which is basically a seaside resort) was very rich. I mean you could go to a store and buy whatever you want speaking of food. At the same time in the city in central Russia where I lived with my parents, city of Kostroma you had to wait in a long queue and if you are lucky than after three hours you could by a chicken, once a month probably. It was called a 'deficit'. It was so, because Soviet government, though it's a bit weird as it seems was more concerned sometimes with prosperity of small republics. That was because they (government) probably considered themselves somehow more responsible for small republics like Georgia or Armenia. Whatever it was, anyway I can swear that in Soviet Union Georgia and other south Caucasus republics did not suffer anyhow worse than all the Russia, but actually otherwise lived much better.
Than the Soviet Union collapsed. Georgian immediately claimed the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia which during the Soviet time were officially a part of Georgian Soviet Republic but before Soviet Union times were separate areas. Abkhazians (I personally spoke with those who fought and witnessed that war) and Ossetians didn't want to be a part of Georgia, they knew that without Soviet Union as a Big Brother who was not letting the kids to fight they are going to become fugitives after Georgia claims their land, fugitives if not slaves. So they took arms against Georgian troops, it happened in early 90s. I've been to Abkhazia last year and there's still a lot of signs of that first conflict. Abkhazian lost almost driven out of their country by Georgian troops who were using Soviet equipment, but with a little unofficial help from Russia they could get their cities back. I will post some pictures when I get back home.
For years after that everything was calm. But South Ossetia and especially Abkhazia which has lots of border line on a Black sea and just a beautiful little country were desired goal for Georgia to obtain. Abkhazia and South Ossetia claimed independence. No countries except Russia acknowledged it. North Ossetia is actually a part of Russia, South Ossetia is eager to become part of Russia, and personally, I don’t understand why Russia hasn't already invited South Ossetia. Almost the same situation in Abkhazia.
In Georgia itself the situation was pretty bad. They gained independence and lost help from big brother. It resulted in serious lack in fuel, electricity, basically everything. But surprisingly Georgian officials decided to blame Russia. They are very persistent in the idea of Russia and Soviet Union as a source of their current misfortune.
First president of Georgia was former Soviet Foreign Affairs minister Eduard Shevarnadze. After unsuccessful attempts he left the idea of war campaigns. Later current president Mikhail Saakashvilly, who is by the way a participant of Edmund Muskey (American Counsel program) grant program, decided that if it's impossible to make living better without external help then it is better to get help from overseas. He made Georgia best friends with US and NATO. US is training Georgian army at the moment. For thinking people (in Georgia as well) it is obvious that Saakashvilly is a US puppet.
First history of recent Russian Georgian conflict started when Chechen militants were using some Georgian territories to get away from Russian troops, hide out and then get back to Chechnya to continue killing innocent people. Pankisi Gorge was at that time in all the news. Later it was used they say for arms and drug trafficking. It was the beginning. Something was being prepared.
This summer started with several explosions in Abkhazia. Than a unpiloted plane was shot down over Abkhazia. All this was probably to distract the attention of Russia and others from South Ossetia.
And exactly on the day of oppening of the Olympics Georgia started offence operation. To my mind it is something what Nazis could do. What I see behind this is a planned act of provocation. Georgia made a move which is in any way profitable. See, if Russia brings troops to the South Ossetia than Georgia may say that it is an offence from Russian side, if Russia stays out of it, than Georgia gets South Ossetia under control. In case of Russian participation Georgia first threatens Russia with war. When Russia says that Russian troops are brought to Ossetia to defend Russian citizens, Georgia forgets that they were going to declare a war and now they want US to take part in it! Do they want a war between US and Russia? Or they want Russia to show weakness and stay away when Russian peacekeepers are dying in the conflict zone. Or they just try to probe and see? It is hard to say what Georgia wants now, but I want anybody who reads this to know that Russian soldiers who are dying in South Ossetia maybe at this very moment, they are by no means perform an act of aggression, they are defending people of South Ossetia, who cry for help.
Check the link to read South Ossetia appeal to people of the world.
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