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Simon Kiladze
Conclusion Additional motivation was that for prolongation of the agreement Moscow offered Baku far less for rent than it paid before. According to some Russian military experts, the Gabala Radar Station lost its former strategic importance, and over time, its efficiency was reducing, devices were wearing out and breaking down, and it was very costly to replace them that it would have been b...
 
Simon Kiladze
The level of Russia's relations with countries of the South Caucasus can be divided into three categories: with Georgia – minimum (confrontational), with Armenia - maximum (strategic), and Azerbaijan - moderate (good-neighbourly). Minimum, moderate and maximum levels of the official relations of Moscow-Tbilisi, Moscow-Yerevan and Moscow-Baku are due to many factors, among them - contemp...
 
Simon Kiladze
Price of the question: pros and cons Of proposals for improvement of Russian-Georgian relations voiced among the Georgian public, the biggest attention was grabbed by the question of the possible restoration of the Zugdidi-Ochamchire section of the Georgian Railway that links the two neighbouring states – Georgia and Russia (the Ochamchire-Gagra section is already restored and operates)...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
The transition period in Georgia came to an end and the power is officially in the hands of the government of Bidzina Ivanishvili. And it’s with him that responsibility for government policy on the Russian-occupied regions now lies. And time will tell what the Georgian Dream will do to bring Abkhazia and South Ossetia back. But today we should consider the principles of strategy for reinte...
 
Simon Kiladze
Georgian Russophiles’ dream did not come true. They thought that "Georgian Dream" would pursue distinctly pro-Russian course, but they were wrong. The core of statements made by the new government of Georgia after the parliamentary elections on the long-term policy in the area of external relations is still European integration, accession to NATO and, generally, allegiance to the Western c...
 
Simon Kiladze
war front in international organizations After the August war in 2008 the military confrontation between Georgia and Russia once again returned to the pre-war political level though with some radical adjustments: break of diplomatic relations, sharp contradictions on the international arena, cascade of mutual accusations, strong statements, resolutions... In short, "hot" war was replaced by t...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part VII ...Abkhazia's security service obtained initial information on the scheduled for the spring of 1993 large-scale offensive on Sukhumi. Below we will talk about exactly what agent-operative activities were carried out by us to obtain the said pre-emptive intelligence. But
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part VI A special place in the articles written on the Abkhazian is held by a fight of March 15-16th, 1993 on the Gumista front. Not many people know that this attack should have started earlier, at 5 in the morning of March 5th. As we know after the Georgian army formations took control partia...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Last week the most acute issue in Georgia was definitely an attack on the leader of the Abkhazian regime Alexander Ankvab that was carried out on February 22nd. We should remind that the Ankvab motorcade was first blown up on a mine and then shelled from grenade launchers and machine guns in the Gudauta district. As a result one member of the secuirty team was killed and other two were seriously...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
new hotbeds of future conflict An uneasy conscience betrays itself - meaning of this proverb was fully demonstrated by spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, when he made a statement that official Tbilisi supposedly tried to prevent residents of North Ossetia-Alania from visiting neighbouring Kazbegi region of Georgia. And, probably, Alexander Lukashevich deserves to be thank...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
(see part I) Despite the fact that participation of Nikita Mikhalkov in the Sixth Forum of European and Asian media in Astana in the status of a guest officially concerned presentation of his film "the Citadel", in reality it turned out that his role was to campaign for the need to create the Eurasian Union and revival of co-existence in a common space, which he handled very skilfully. Be...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Russia's obsession with implementation of the Putin's dream - to revive the Soviet Union - is well known not only in post-Soviet countries, but throughout the world. At that, this issue is becoming increasingly important in Russia, especially with the approach of presidential elections, the winner of which is already known - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The fact that Putin wants to restore ...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part V The fact that the war of 1992-1993 in Abkhazia was provoked and it started without any preliminary preparations on the part of the Georgian side was clear during every step of its course. The thing that was the most obvious was that it was impossible to coordinate actions inside the military b...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
On August 26th extraordinary "presidential" elections were held in occupied Abkhazia. These elections were caused by the death of leader of the puppet regime Sergei Bagapsh, in which, according to available information, the hand of Russia is clearly seen. The population of Abkhazia, which in summer is usually focused on resort problems, had to engage in political battles. Three candidates aspire...
 
Levan Kiknadze
According to high-rank Russian diplomat Gregory Karasin, it turns out, that normalization of relations between Russia and Georgia are hindered by unceasing attempts of the Georgian government to convince the world community and its own population that Georgia is supposedly awash with Russian spies and saboteurs. Naturally Karasin can say nothing else: he says that he was instructed to say. More ...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part IV Those who lobbied introduction of the internal troops in Abkhazia in the State Council (except for some who were following out the Kremlin instructions) probably hoped for improvement of overall crime situation alongside protection of the railway. Since, as it was noted in previous publications, de...
 
There are at least two positive aspects about the idea of Mamuka Areshidze to begin negotiations on the recognition of Abkhazia's independence in return for certain dividends for Georgia. The first is that being widely publicized in the media this topic caused a resonance and a debate that quickly came to nought. Tough it is hard to call them discussions - a wave of condemnation quickly marginal...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Moscow and Sukhumi have decided to significantly increase the occupation troops in Abkhazia. According to "Life News", the head of Russian Ministry of Defence and commander of the Abkhazian armed formations held a meeting on security of Olympic Games in Sochi and increase of the occupation forces in connection with this. According to the agreement, it is planned to increase the Russian mili...
 
Gocha Guniava
Underestimation of the religious and ethnic factors in the North Caucasus, neglect of traditions and psychological characteristics of Caucasians brought Russia's Caucasian policy into a dead-end and created a real threat to the integrity of the Russian state. Stubborn practice of solving all problems with the use of force and rate of growth of xenophobia have made trajectory of development of Ru...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII) Unknown details of the Abkhazian war. Part III Fighters of one of the Gumista front battalions captured a person in the evening hours. He was swimming over from the other bank of the river Gumista – the dividing line of the front. When it was determined in the headquarters that the captive was a North Caucasian volunteer he was handed over to ou...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part II By the beginning of the war the security service of Abkhazia was not divided along ethnic lines. Then chairman of the security service of Abkhazia Avtandil Ioseliani, even in conditions of constant pressure from the separatists, used to manage to reasonably balance the situation. He never used to openly inter...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV, V) Unknown details of the war in Abkhazia. Part I August 14th, 1992 is one of the most tragic days in the long history of Georgian-Abkhazian relations. It was that day when a fratricidal war started which probably could have been avoided if any of the parties had the slightest idea of its heavy, devastating results. And though Ardzinba almost did not leave us a ...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
Abkhazian clergy has rebelled. Passions around the village of Aibga have still been running high as the next time when Russians meet their match in Abkhazians was in New Athos. On May 15th a church-people assembly will be convened there. Supporters of arch enemy of hieromonk Andrey (Ampar), who is a head of the New Athos Monastery of St. Simon the Zealot came out against the head of the so-calle...
 
Levan Kiknadze
(See parts I, II, III, IV) The Club of Experts described extremely difficult public and political situation that was in Abkhazia prior to the beginning of the war actions in its previous publication "Abkhazian separatism was born in labyrinths of the KGB (Part IV)". The situation was even more aggravated by illegal decisions of the Supreme Council of Abkhazia (Abkhazian wing) and its presidiu...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Russia refused to give guarantees about non-use of force against Georgia. This was stated by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin. According to him, Russia is not a party to the conflict thus it does not need to sign any document. More, Karasin offered again Tbilisi to sign such agreements with territorial units of Georgia – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. Karasin also said t...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
The unexpected resignation of Daur Tarba from the post of "deputy prime minister" of the Abkhazian regime caused a lot of rumours in Sukhumi. The thing is that he has always been considered as not just a colleague, but a figure very close to Sergei Bagapsh. It was Tarba who was a backbone of the Bagapsh team and who led his party Edinaya Abkhazia. Whether he retains his post in the party is yet ...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Preparation for the occupation and the occupation We would like to complete the topic of occupation of the Tskhinvali region – brief review of history, instigation of the conflict, its escalation and the peace process outlined in the previous three parts – with a description of immediate events that preceded the Russian military aggression in 2008 and undisguised occupation o...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
The process of peaceful settlement of the conflict In the previous two parts of this article we provided our readers with a brief historical review and in chronological order have formulated preconditions - conditions and factors responsible for outbreak of hostilities and escalation of conflict in the historical region of Georgia - Samachablo in January 1991. Now we want to acquaint a re...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Until today property issue remains the most acute topic in Abkhazia. It came to this that it became necessary to arrange a round table with participation of representatives of governmental and non-governmental sectors, political parties of the so-called independent Abkhazia to "discuss" issue of transferring properties to Russia. As the meeting made it clear everybody accuses today's puppet r...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
The escalation of the conflict In the first part we tried to give a reader at least a general idea of what constitutes a Tskhinvali region in historical terms, and when the so-called South Ossetia was formed - a historical part of Georgia to which Russia so brazenly lays claim, resorting to distortion of historical facts and brute force. In this part we will try to restore chronological order...
 
Levan Kiknadze
See part I... ...At the interrogation Alexander Sitnikov completely confessed to his crime and told the following: in 1982-1991 he studied in the Ryazan Institute for the Airborne Troops where students of this military school studied one of foreign languages. Simultaneously with a foreign language they were taught rules of conduction of intelligence. Graduates of the school were sent (distrib...
 
Levan Kiknadze
The theme of our story is the arrest of a GRU officer in the midst of the war in Abkhazia. As a result of operation carried out on March 31st, 1993 by information and intelligence department of Abkhazia (former committee of security service of Abkhazia) criminal proceedings were taken against Alexander Sitnikov on charges of espionage. Thus, the Club of Experts fulfils a promise it made in "anot...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Military aggression carried out by Russia against Georgia in August 2008 as a result of which, in spite of clearly negative attitude the international society, the Tskhinvali region and Abkhazia, to this day remain occupied, does not lose its relevance. Notwithstanding the fact that Russia is pursuing a large-scale information war goal of which is to legalize their activities and show as thou...
 
Thus, the most anticipated event of the beginning of November was left behind. The advancely-announced spy scandal has passed, leaving a wide field for speculation, assessments and opinions. The media has exhausted this issue and moved on to other important events. Fortunately nobody started to "warm up" the topic. It is now possible to tell with clarity: presence of Russian agents in Georgia ha...
 
Gocha Guniava
This has been going on for 200 years. This is happening today. What will happen tomorrow? In September 2010 a monument to General Alexey Yermolov, who was elevated to the hero of the Caucasian wars, was erected in the capital of the newly-formed North Caucasian Federal District Pyatigorsk. Before that, in 2008 his monument was erected in the city of Mineralnye Vody. North Caucasus is dro...
 
Simon Kiladze
Disagreement is evident in the ruling tandem of Russia. The closer the presidential election of 2012, the more distinct becomes political transformation of the President. His "I" became more pronounced in his actions. Dmitry Medvedev, once docile to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is gradually showing his, until recently hidden, temper and seems to be coming out from under the influence the boss. T...
 
A lot of has been written about a heavy criminal situation in Abkhazia. In this regard, the most serious situation was, of course, in the Gali district and it remains to be so to this day. Despite this, we are considering the Gali district, 99 % of population of which prior the conflict and even today are ethnic Georgians, in the context of the entire occupied territory of Abkhazia. An articl...
 
(See parts I, II, III) The Club of Experts always emphasized in its publications that since the declaration of Independence of Georgian independence when Georgia's strive towards western values became apparent the Kremlin was trying to retain its influence over Georgia with all methods in its possession. All this was clearly demonstrated by further development of the events and analysis of th...
 
Series of Articles: This has been going on for 200 years. This is happening today. What will happen tomorrow? On September 11th of the current year with initiative and financing of chieftains of the Terek Cossacks a monument of one of the most ruthless organisers of the conquest of the Caucasus General Yermolov was erected in the centre of the capital of the North Caucasian Federal District P...
 
Levan Kiknadze
"Abkhazia will have to live in accordance with international law", - said head of Abkhazian puppet regime Sergei Bagapsh in one of his speeches. He said this... and formed, together with Moscow, a joint Russian-Abkhazian commission. Apparently, they really are very concerned about complaints of Russians who lived in Abkhazia before the conflict and who rightly demand return of property appropria...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
President of Russia has no plans to hold bilateral meetings and communicate with the President of Belarus at the informal summit of the CSTO (the Collective Security Treaty Organization) in Yerevan on August 20-21. Kommersant newspaper was informed about this in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, it is quite likely that Dmitry Medvedev will not get a chance to pour scorn on "Batsk...
 
On July 3rd, 2008 Dmitry Medvedev signed the Concept of State Policy of Russian Federation in respect of Russian Cossacks which implies restoration of Cossack traditions and their involvement in public service to meet national and municipal issues. Numerous meetings were held and many decisions were made in the last two years to implement this document. After the incident at the Baksan hydroe...
 
Experts' club
From the first day of its gaining a foothold in the Caucasus Russia started to persecute display of all kinds of national identity, different religion and independent opinion with special brutality. And for the purpose of complete eradication of Persian and Turkish influences great restrictions had been imposed on Islamic religion as the latter was identified with foreign policy course and ideol...
 
Simon Kiladze
Several days ago head of Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh made the following statement before the activists of the party Edynaya Abkhazia: "Abkhazia is not the same as it was before the August 208 events. International recognition of independence burdens us with great responsibility"– said he and hereby specified - "Abkhazian should live in accordance with norms of inte...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The seeming calm in Abkhazia continues. "The Parliament" discusses a film by a Georgian director, Bagapsh delivers his annual speech, Khajimba plays a role of the opposition. Everything is as it should be in a developed country. But is that indeed so? One of the main trump cards of the puppet regime of Abkhazia has been to show their kinship with Circassian people. This was the card that was ...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
After the Prime Minister and de facto president of Russia Vladimir Putin responded to the statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Clinton in Tbilisi on July 5th with "the Internationale" Russian political circles started to actively sing along with the first person in Russia. It seems that Russian officials wanted their positions not to go beyond Putin's remarks. As they say, they combined b...
 
Experts' club
About two weeks ago the issue of the healthcare system in the occupied territory was discussed in the parliament of the separatist Abkhazia. Head of department Zurab Marshania was called to answer questions and he told members of the "parliament" about deplorable situation in this area. According to the Abkhazian press, no one anticipated anything special, as they were there to just listen to...
 
Levan Kiknadze
Article by Savely Kashnitsky "Abkhazian nuclear bomb" that was published in № 24 issue of Argumenti y Facti newspaper on 16 June, is a continuation of the information war that the Kremlin is conducting against Georgia, as the Club of Experts repeatedly wrote. It should be noted that expectations of those who ordered this article were, as in other similar cases, justified. Flashy headline caught ...
 
Simon Kiladze
(The end. See part I) Of course, we should hereby say that the issue of Fereydan is very sensitive and it should be treated with care. "Many Georgian journalists write about this issue without taking into account specifics of Fereydan and Iran. Unsuitable terms are used; unimaginable "sensations" are made. It is necessary to consider rules and norms existing in Iran. And indeed in reality the...
 
Raul Khajimba who is well-known to us is trying to play a role of democratic opposition in Abkhazia. After the defeat in the so-called presidential elections, during the certain period he did not bother government with his protests. However, as an "irreconcilable opposition" he really had reasons for this. It would be enough to remember personnel decisions of Bagapsh, when he left almost unchang...
 
Simon Kiladze
- I will compel waves of the Gurgan and black Seas to caress shores of great Iran... -King of kings, Georgia is a road and a bridge to the Black Sea... - White king of Russians of glaciers or Ottomans will not forestall subjugation of Georgia! Conversation of Shah Abbas I with his minister New accents appeared in the Georgian foreign policy. Tbilisi turned its gaze southwards, to Tehran an...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The Club of Experts often focuses on processes in Abkhazia, in particular, efforts of the Kremlin to restrict Abkhazian unauthorized actions as much as possible and establish its rules of game. We noted also that the change in the staff of generals of Abkhazian armed formations is only the first step towards their reduction and total subordination to Russian armed forces and law enforcement bodi...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
An unprecedented event happened in Abkhazia. The committee on ecology and nature management of the puppet regime suspended operation of company "Tkuarchal-Ugol" which was created on the basis of enterprise" Tamsash "engaged in coal mining in the mountains of Tkvarcheli. Until this there has been no authoritarian closure of businesses in the occupied region. On the contrary, Abkhazians were happy...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
On April 20th 2010 there was an accident on the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico which was located 210 km south-east of New Orleans (Louisiana, US). 11 persons died. The entire coastline and the Gulf of Mexico were covered by a thick layer of oil. Every day 5 000 barrels of oil is being spilt into the water. Environmentalists have already named this catastrophe as "oil Chernobyl". To better unde...
 
Simon Kiladze
(The end) Attempt of Russian plagiarists and compilers Among criticizers of the Russian-Georgian agreement of May 7th 1920 and active supporters the Abkhazian separatists - modern Russian expert-political scientists Anatoly Tsiganok, worker of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis who has a rank of colonel and is also a member of the Public Council of the Russian Defense Ministr...
 
Gocha Guniava
Prominent German philosopher wrote in the beginning of the XIX century that "a spirit reaches it absolute fullness, absolute independence and complete unity with itself only in peoples of the Caucasus. It achieves self-determination, self-development and by that it advances history of the world. And progress in the world history only happens due to the Caucasus race". This great philosopher ...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
Sergei Bagapsh dismissed the entire contingent of Abkhazian staff of generals. The entire military elite of the puppet regime was dismissed - five generals, colonels and other senior officers. According to the Club of Experts Sukhumi took this step under pressure from Moscow that is unhappy with the situation in Abkhazian armed formations that had been given a role of principal actors in the imp...
 
Simon Kiladze
"Discovery" of Shamba and Neproshin: Allegedly Abkhazia was independent in 1920 One of the first attempts of reviewing the Georgian-Russian agreement of May 7th 1920 a large work by Taras Shamba and Alexander Neproshin titled "Abkhazia – juridical basis of sovereignty and statehood" which was even published as a book in 2003. It is notable that both authors are living and working in Rus...
 
Simon Kiladze
"The state border between Russia and Georgia passes from the Black Sea along the river Psou"... The agreement between Russia and Georgia was signed on May 7th 1920 by Grigol Uratadze, member of the Constituent Council for Georgia and Lev Karakhan, Deputy Peoples' Commissar of Foreign Affair for Russia. It is the most important document in the bilateral relations therefore we will discuss it i...
 
Gocha Guniava
The Vainakh is a common name for two Caucasian peoples Chechens and the Ingush who have the same historical roots, the same route of development and lifestyle. They also are united by similar life aspirations and strives. The history of last few centuries of these two peoples was determined by continuous and selfless fight against the Russian empire. All prominent figures of these recalcitran...
 
Simon Kiladze
"Friends! A truce agreement between Russia and Georgia has been signed... In the end our just cause celebrated a victory and our efforts were concluded with success... An issue of borders was resolved according to terms that are advantageous for Georgia... If only their governing circles understand objective interests of their peoples then neither Russia and Georgia would have any disputed issue...
 
Paata Tsintsadze
Just about three years ago hardly anyone could imagine that cynical manipulation of a notion and essence of aggression would still exist in the XXI century and some big states would find "extraordinary" definitions for these universally acknowledged and established terms. Exactly that was seen by the world in August 2008 during Georgian-Russian war when Russia tried to paint Georgia as an aggres...
 
Gocha Guniava
Tense events that are taking place in the North Caucasus and can any minute turn into large-scale armed confrontation are followed with intense attention not only by neighbouring people but also countries of the entire region. This is mainly true with Georgia which is practically in war with the country that annexed 20 percent of its territory and part of which are our historical closest neighbo...
 
Simon Kiladze
Recently visits of representatives of the Georgian opposition have extremely intensified. Zurab Nogaideli, Nino Burjanadze, Koba Davitashvili, Zviad Dzidziguri etc. are going or preparing to go on a visit to Moscow one after another. If we take into consideration that every contact between countries that went through a war and that do not have diplomatic relations is of great importance, it s...
 
"Expert Club"
The Club of Experts has already written in its earlier article about how Moscow was carrying out search for support of its own policy in Georgia and strengthening of new figures all the time. We noted how the Kremlin made a bet on Shevardnadze, Igor Giorgadze, Aslan Abashidze, Zurab Nogaideli and we were asking who would be next. This question is logical as Russia's attempts to get involved i...
 
Expert Club
Today a lot is written about Russian-Georgian relations. There are numerous opinions. Given that neither the Club of Experts can be indifferent towards this very painful issue. And time to time we are trying to publish our thoughts for Georgian society regarding the above issue based on analysis of gathered information, existing events and historical lessons. By recognizing Abkhazia and Tskhi...
 
Gocha Guniava
2009 was a year of unbelievable brutality in the North Caucasus and especially in its eastern part. And in the beginning of 2010 it continues with the same intensity. The Kremlin leadership has reiterated more than once that it’s there where a fate of the country's unity and existence is decided and that Russia will go nowhere from the Caucasus. That was a purpose behind a creation of the ...
 
"Expert Club"
We should note from the start that we did not intend to engage in political clashes that are taking place in Georgia. But existing situation that is shaping up to become very dangerous for our country compelled us to express out opinion about these processes. Taking into account its geopolitical location Georgia from the very beginning has been in a war mode. It was fighting against sometimes in...
 
"Expert Club"
At the end of the eighties of the last century it became clear for the world that the collapse of the Soviet Union was inevitable and that it would be definitely followed by creation of new independent countries in the face of post-soviet republics. And that Russia would become a legal successor to the Soviet Union and it would also try with all means to maintain its influence over those newly-e...
 
Russian authorities planned and practically already agreed with the Abkhazian regime of Sergei Bagapsh an issue of bringing in radioactive waste from Russia and its placement in waste burial places of the Sukhumi Physical-Technical Institute. A similar attempt was undertaken in the period of Ardzinba leadership, but due to opposition from Georgian authorities who were supported by international ...
 
Gocha Guniava
The year 2009 was marked with unbelievable events of terrorism, subversive acts, abduction of people and other criminal activities in the North Caucasus. Georgian people have never been indifferent to processes that take place in lives of their neighbouring nations. This was not only caused by our positive attitude towards them. The Caucasus is one whole sensitive entity and both negative and po...
 
Gocha Guniava
At a republican meeting dedicated to a day of security service worker President of Dagestan Mukhu Aliyev personally congratulated workers on their professional holiday that is traditionally marked on December 20th. Aliyev said that law enforcement agencies of the republic had not spared an effort to establish order and peaceful atmosphere. He recounted concrete figures to support his opinion tha...
 
(See parts I, II) Exactly 20 years ago the newspaper "Literaturuli Sakartvelo" in its 21st July 1989 issue published a large article by George Hewitt, English scholar of Caucasian languages titled "Foreigner's observations on Abkhazian-Georgian tense relations – open letter to Georgians". The author specifically stressed that the article was written in England on 12th of May 1989. Th...
 
Gocha Guniava
Processes that are taking place in North Caucasus in recent times are in the centre of attention of Russian authorities. Moreover, this region is considered a cornerstone of maintaining of Russian unity – a question of its existence. When addressing the State Duma of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev dedicated an entire section of his speech to situation in the North Caucasus and t...
 
Records management in the bodies of security services of Georgia was centralized i.e. was directed from Moscow in the entire course of its existence. Record management of archives of the department was no exception. Employees of archival units were selected, appointed, and if necessary, reappointed to other posts and dismissed from their jobs by local management of security services. But their d...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
Information gathered by "the Club of Experts" on demographic and socio-economic situation in Tskhinvali region was validated from unexpected side. Albert Jusoev, well-known Russian oligarch and the main political rival of the current puppet regime mentioned figures that are very close to ours. In an interview published in December 2nd issue of the newspaper "Vremya Novstei", he said that after t...
 
Grave peril threatening Georgia was averted by the accident on Russian submarine – says Gogi Maisuradze of the "Club of experts". When commenting on the incident with the submarine Alrosa, which occurred near the coast of Georgia, he said that the submarine with such tactical and technical characteristics could perform a variety of combat missions and was capable of arranging very dangerou...
 
(See part I) It should be noted that transfer of ethnic Russian security service personnel to work in the Security Committee of Georgia - both in structures of the central divisions and those of autonomies – under the pretext of exchange of personnel became customary from the 70s of the XX century. Even such person as General Alexi Inauri distinguished for his loyalty to the Communist r...
 
Gogi Maisuradze
Despite the fact that yet another stir-up ordered by powerful Russian politicians and security services and made by Russian media with order of about Pankisi Gorge did not have desirable effects for them one thing became clear to all that by that Russians sent us a certain message and once again revealed their desire unashamedly. The above was followed by a series of abduction of our citizens (a...
 
Gogi Maisuradze
The entire civilized world still considers Georgian territories that are occupied by Russia as integral part of Georgia. They openly call on Russia to respect Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity and to comply with its commitments and signed agreements for conflict resolution. In response, the Kremlin also openly ignores the whole world and continues open militarization of the occupied...
 
In the course of the last two decades the Georgian society has been continuously asking the following question: was it possible to avoid the civil war of the nineties, events of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that resulted in thousands of deaths, causing hostilities among people and destroying many in Georgia and the whole Caucasus? What was a cause of all this? Was it just whims and ambitions of a ...
 
Vasil Kvirikashvili
They say that dishonesty is genetically more active than truth. Thus Russian and Ossetian politicians skilled in lies, disinformation and juggling with a public opinion can present any disinformation as "scientifically proven" and "true" so that it can really convince an uninformed person. They also say that if you repeat a lie a hundred times it becomes true. Maybe that’s the reason wh...
 
Gogi Maisuradze
Since August last year nobody doubts that Russia is planning to completely take root in the Georgian territories that it occupied and fully integrate these regions into its own territory. We will be fully convinced in that if we look at the latest statements by Kokoiti, Medvedev and Putin about the perspectives of the region. In particular, during his first "work" visit Medvedev announced tha...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
The first ceasefire agreement since the beginning of the conflict was officially signed on the 3rd of September 1992 in Moscow. It should be noted that the only sides to sign all the official documents were Georgia and Russia. As for the Abkhazian representation, which included separatists as well as representatives of the legitimate government, were there only to accept terms of the reached agr...