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The topic of the Georgian-Abkhazian dialogue has been so thoroughly discussed and has been in the dead end for so long that attempts to remove it from the stagnation seem pointless – until/as long as all the main political factors that caused the current status quo remain unchanged. Today, attempts to establish a dialogue at any level almost immediately come to face seemingly insurmountabl...
 
Levan Kiknadze
For a long time passions that flared up around initiatives of Paata Zakareishvili regarding the conflict regions continued to run high in Georgia. Despite mixed reactions to the approach of the new Georgian State Minister for Reintegration to settlement of the Georgian-Abkhazian problem, it should be recognized that he seeks to bring the settlement process out of stagnation, get it out of impass...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
Another meeting of the Abkhaz-Abaza World Congress has created a new round of the growing confrontation between the Abkhazian political elite and Circassian (Adyghe) national movement. Many expected that the congress, held on November 22-23rd in Sukhumi, would have focused on the pressing subject of urgent repatriation, or rather evacuation of Circassians from burning Syria to their historic hom...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Russia harasses international organizations and limits area of their activity in Abkhazia. All international organizations except for International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) are asked to limit their activities just to the Gali district. Editor-in-chief of the Abkhazia-based Chegemskaya Pravda newspaper Inal Khashig said in ...
 
For more than two decades the Russian security services and propaganda organs have been claiming that the armed insurgents in the North Caucasus were financed from outside, although facts to prove this have been rarely made public. In recent years, approach towards this issue has changed. Even the highest echelons of the Russian authorities were forced to admit that real causes of crime, ethn...
 
Today the trial of Akhmed Chatayev - only detained following a controversial operation in the Lopota gorge in Kakheti in late August begins in Tbilisi. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia is preparing documents to answer the request of the Russian authorities, who demand his extradition. It is already known that Chatayev who lived in Tbilisi is a Russian citizen and has a refugee statu...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The Russian Foreign Ministry has prepared a report on human rights situation in a number of world states. The report also deals with human rights abuses in Georgia, in particular, non-compliance with measures of protection of rights of "national minorities”. Why in quotes, one might ask. The thing is that first that the Russian Foreign Ministry mentions in its report on "national minorities" ...
 
The parliamentary elections of Georgia was held in conditions of unprecedented intensity. Emotions of pre-election campaign and the war of compromising materials led some to think that the country would be plunged into a civil war. Fortunately, these predictions have come to nothing. Normal rhythm of life is being restored in the country and preparation for those mandatory and emergency procedur...
 
On August 28th, 2012 the most authoritative Muslim spiritual leader, 75-year-old Sheikh Said Afandi received a guest in his home - young, attractive, pregnant Russian woman. Given the condition of the woman, the sheikh’s security did not search her and directly led her to the host. The visitor said her wish to change religion and convert to Islam was a reason for her visit. The sheikh ...
 
Withdrawal of the occupying Russian forces from Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, acceleration of return of refugees to their homes largely depend on relations between Moscow and the North Caucasus where stability, justice and peace must finally arrive. Georgia has always been following with great interest processes taking place in a neighbouring region - though the current situation there doe...
 
Ilia Baghaturia
Abkhazian public figure Beslan Kobakhia does not miss a chance to emphasize his "coordinating mission" in the matter of international movement to protect the right of peoples "! No less, no more! Everything is clear with human rights. But the idea of "right of peoples"? It sounds too delusional. It would be interesting to know how the latter-day "human rights activists" are going to defend th...
 
Abkhazian reality is full of paradoxes: Abkhazians adding Arctic to their "empire"; Abkhazians showing increased interest in the Pacific region, Abkhazians entering the FIFA without having professional football; Abkhazian academy of sciences without actually having science; Abkhazian banks with no lending; Abkhazian Orthodox church and Islam without Orthodox and Muslim believers respectively, et...
 
Russian doctors fully justified a prediction made by the Club of Experts. Twenty days ago, we predicted that the medical "landing” sent to the occupied Abkhazia by its current "minder" - Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation and the former Healthcare Minister Tatyana Golikova - has nothing to do with needs of the remaining in the region population and is just another way of "appro...
 
A reader probably remembers how many articles we have dedicated to "development" of 3-billion loan by Abkhazians - only the laziest journalists did not write about this in Abkhazia. Then Inal Khashig advised Alexander Ankvab to block channels of misappropriation of Russian money (to take away free "fish”) and think of employment (to give a "fishing rod» to people). Otherwise, as Khashig is...
 
The very first lines of an article of Abkhazian Deputy Foreign Minister Irakli Khintba published on August 16th under a title "Abkhazia: transit to democracy and self-confidence" reminds a recent statement by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin about the growing worldwide interest towards Abkhazia and "South Ossetia". Let us compare: Karasin: "More and more partners are interested...
 
Ilia Baghaturia
Sukhumi journalist Nadezhda Venediktova has one positive character trait. In between appearing in different roles she sometimes writes on pressing everyday issues. We are talking about the very Venediktova who in Italy represents the Abkhazian leadership, in England - Abkhazian NGOs and in Abkhazia - journalistic brethren, etc. Accordingly, to Italians she tells about "achievements" of "democrat...
 
Russian tourists travelling to Abkhazia in search of "clean sea" and peace of mind are faced with an epidemic. This was reported by online edition JustMedia. As the author of publications Tatiana Kazantseva notes, locals call the disease "adaptation", medical staff of sanatoriums and resorts centres – rotavirus infection, and local infectious disease specialists say simply and directly - i...
 
Universal, though too worn out principle of "divide and rule" is still actively used by newly unmasked politicians in the North Caucasus. Though only illiterate people use this theory as in the Internet era it is difficult to keep the public in the dark. Lies built for one-day effect are bursting like bubbles and both insidiousness of those ordering this and helplessness and selfishness of those...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The demographic situation in Abkhazia is becoming gloomier and gloomier. In Abkhazia itself alarm has already been raised on this occasion. It’s only the official statistics that boasts of the increase in the population of the occupied region by 40,000. Even people of Abkhazia do not believe the official statistics. And from time to time a real picture in numbers appears here and there. ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The last meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was quite significant. 55 out of 56 states have recognized occupation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, which is absolutely objective evaluation of the existing realities. They also called on Russia to allow international observers into these occupied territories. But the most interesting was Russia’s position at the session – ...
 
Levan Kiknadze
I have carefully read Beslan Kobakhia’s "On the future relationship between the peoples of Abkhazia and Georgia" published in response to my article on the Golos Cherkesii. I would like to admit that its academic, balanced tone raised not only respect for the author, but also a certain awkwardness because some of my tactless statements. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised by the approach ...
 
After July tragic events caused by flooding in the Krasnodar Krai the press published a letter of deputy head of the Russian association of military political scientists, representative of the Politichesskoe Obozrenie magazine and professor of the Plekhanov Russian Economic University Alexander Perengiev to Vladimir Putin. The author of the letter proposes to the Russian President to introduce a...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
In recent days self-proclaimed "diocese" in Abkhazia has been very close to the cherished dream – get rid of competitors from similarly self-proclaimed "metropolis" and lay hands on the most "lucrative” source of income. We are talking about an offensive of imposters led by Vissarion Apliaa on other impostors and dissenters led by Dorofei Dbar, who "barricaded" themselves in the New Athos ...
 
Sacked staff of the of the Moscow Military District (MMD) Sukhumi sanatorium demands a new commission to be formed, as well as payment of money or establishment of shareholding enterprise. An initiative group, which represents 1,300 employees of the military sanatorium, which is located in the occupied Abkhazia and is on the balance of the Russian Defence Ministry, addressed the chairman of the ...
 
A peace initiative on Syria of the UN and the League of the Arab States special representative Kofi Annan brought no results. Neither government forces nor the armed opposition agreed to it. The confrontation between them was renewed on even a larger scale and was followed by increase in death numbers. Along with civilians soldiers, officers and generals and their families are fleeing Syria. Tur...
 
Ilia Bagaturia
I have never thought that things would be so bad that once mighty security service would be in need of protection from Vitaly Sharia. And what Sharia did was to stand up for Cheka-OGPU-NKVD-KGB-FSB, saying that no one had a right to accuse their Rossi and alike, who are engaged in agriculture and arrived in Abkhazia on their own initiative, of cooperation with the Russian security services?! And...
 
Simon Kiladze
Recently, the Italian geopolitical magazine Limes under the heading "Abkhazia - Caucasian Kosovo" was published quite a lengthy interview with the so-called "foreign minister" of the separatists of the occupied region of Georgia - Abkhazia. Vyacheslav Chirikba answers the questions of Italian journalist Cecilia Tozi. Limes is a bimonthly magazine. Founded in 1993, each issue of this nearly 30...
 
Levan Kiknadze
It was pointed out more than once, and it is a fact that to preserve influence on peoples of the Caucasus, the Kremlin uses tested and proven methods, essence of which - "divide and conquer" - remains unchanged, despite time and space. Unchanged remain also numerous means by which Russian security services were engaged historically in manipulation. Recently a "moving" article by Beslan Kobakh...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
In Abkhazia they linger over another Russian myth that allegedly at the Geneva talks foreign experts confirmed that Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region do not fit in any criteria for occupation that exists in international. Karasin said - Chirikba repeated ... Let me remind you that this statement was first heard from Grigory Karasin - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia and head of t...
 
Paradoxes of "sovereign" of Abkhazia has long been subject of numerous articles but hardly anyone could have imagined this subject to be so inexhaustible. But let us leave paradoxes, but when they concern people’s life and health a certain response becomes necessary. We are talking about persistent, often repeated recent statements of representatives of the Abkhazian leadership that the Su...
 
Earlier we wrote about how Russians and Abkhazians split (or rather - cannot split) among themselves sanatoriums which by law belong to Georgia. But when it was that robbers were guided by the laws?! Let us recall Odessan Moishe, who after being robbed, made a wise conclusion that he would soon see how they would come to blows when they start dividing the jacket. This time, after sanatoriums the...
 
The situation in Syria brought the international community to face new challenges. Both country's authorities and rebel leaders have ignored the plan of Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan that aims at peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria. Kofi Annan himself gave a sombre assessment of the situation there, and said that in the near future a large-sca...
 
Fear and confusion has started to spread in the ruling elite of the North Caucasus and it is growing more and more. A reason for this became searches that were carried out in houses and work premises of the high-rank officials of Kabardino-Balkaria on June 7th. And this lead to a sudden arrest and immediate transportation to Moscow of the following persons - head of the administration of the lea...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The most significant event of last week was a visit of Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Clinton in Georgia. The main message of this visit was associated with parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled in Georgia. But there was something else also quite important and worth of attention. It concerned the occupied territories of Georgia. In her speech, Hillary Clinton sai...
 
Ilia Baghaturia
Recently, when responding to the article "Leftist deviation of the separatists" the San Marinese "left" Alessandro Rossi categorically denied that he was in any way connected to the security services of Russia. The article was about the trip of Abkhazian "government delegation" to Italy and San Marino, and it noted that successors of the KGB, now called the FSB, took advantage of their old conne...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
A statement that was made by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic during visit to Moscow last week that the Serbian Parliament may consider the issue of recognition of the occupied territories of Georgia - Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region - was like a thunder from a clear sky. He also added that Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region can be independent states while Kosovo and Metohija cannot. Appare...
 
Abkhazia has two "nannies”, and what nannies at that - Tkachev and "Madame Golikova" themselves. That is indeed real "sovereignty" - when a neighbouring state appoints the governor of the nearby area, and assistant to the President of the country as curators does not that mean recognition of independence?! What else can this be? At that, what “noble” persons they are! One article will not be eno...
 
According to Abkhazian media, apparently it was Ruslan Gitsba detained on charges of attack on Ankvab that gave testimony about location of six weapon caches discovered on May 22 in the villages of Duripsh and Dzhirkhva of the Gudauta district. This was the "second stage" of the discovery of weapons caches; the first one took place 20 days ago. This "find" was joyfully greeted by Russian Antiter...
 
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is approaching. The current social and criminogenic situation in the North Caucasus and breakaway Abkhazia is a clear danger to its holding. Despite many attempts, stable environment still cannot be established in the region for the last two decades and it clearly would be impossible to do this in the remaining time. Particular alarm in the Russian governm...
 
Ilia Bagaturia
On May 16th the online edition the Caucasian Politics published an article by Pyotr Akopov "The Caucasus is more important than the US." The article is dedicated to a refusal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the United States and attend the meetings of the Big Eight. Putin sent Medvedev there. As we already know President Barack Obama immediately responded to this "message", refusing...
 
Levan Kiknadze
A view according to which in the beginning Alexander Ankvab was just being threatened and his elimination was only decided after his becoming the president was almost overridden by the investigation conducted by the immediate control of Alexander Ankvab. So an idea of elimination of Ankvab was born after the path of Bagapsh-Ankvab could not have been stopped. And implementaiton of this idea was ...
 
Gocha Guniava
The North Caucasus remains the most problematic and unpredictable region for the Kremlin. All attempts made by Moscow during the last 20 years to curb them ended with no result. The process of alienation between the government and the public continues and what is the most dangerous is that the confrontation is gradually turning into an ethnic and religious one. In addition to historical exper...
 
In recent days Abkhazian internet agency Apsny.ru published materials about a trip to Abkhazia of our old British acquaintances - Mauricia Jenkins and George Hewitt. Especially “moving” are descriptions of “mutual love” of Mauricia and Abkhazians that started back in the nineties. In this period Mauricia’s spouse - Richard was a plenipotentiary ambassador of the United Kingdom in Georgia a...
 
Ilia Bagaturia
Kashchei Immortal or Cheka-OGPU-NKVD-KGB-FSB In recent days, Russian media has paid a great attention to a fact of discovery of caches of weapons in Gudauta on May 4-5th and their prospective owners. The press names two sources of information - the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) of Russia and so-called "Security Council" of Abkhazia. An attentive reader would pay attention to differen...
 
Simon Kiladze
...Anton Kriveniuk stresses that influential civil society does indeed exist in Abkhazia and this is its deference from other countries (in this case Russia). To what extent is a point made by the Sukhumi journalist correct? Let us remember what a civil society is and what its role is in a state. According to a general definition, civil society is a non-state part of social and political l...
 
Simon Kiladze
In modern world, even in conditions of unprecedented development of communications, still there are such isolated state entities, that, however one colours them on the political map, and whatever geographical characters are assigned to them they still constitute so-called white spots. In scientific and popular literature such entities are usually referred to as "ghost states". Naturally, ordinar...
 
Indeed, the Internet has made the world smaller. On the second day after publication of the article "Leftist deviation of the separatists" the Club of Experts received a letter from faraway San Marino signed by Alessandro Rossi. He introduced himself as the coordinator of the United Left of this country and, according to Wikipedia, for six months of 2007 he even served on two top positions of th...
 
As we have already noted that especially apparent in recent years is incompatibility syndrome that has engulfed all aspects of Russian-Abkhazian relations. And now it even came to beatings and physical violence. The Russian press reported that on April 6th the biggest local investor Igor Varov was severely beaten up by his four Abkhazian partners. "This is evidence of a deep crisis in which the ...
 
As expected, incompatibility syndrome appeared in relationship of Abkhazians and Russians, which spread to various areas, and shook “selfless friendship" of these two peoples. This is confirmed by numerous facts and events. Today, we will focus on the history of elimination of existing military health sanatoriums in Abkhazia by Russians that caused a very painful reaction of Abkhazians and they ...
 
On May 6th Vladimir Putin will take into his hands reigns of the Russian state for another six years - reigns that he singlehandedly held on the course of twelve years. Events that have been taking place in Moscow and other Russian regions in the beginning of the current year showed that the Russian population would no longer accept a situation when huge material and financial resources of this ...
 
Ilia Baghaturia
Kashchei Immortal or Cheka-OGPU-NKVD-KGB-FSB Articles depicting the Abkhazian trips to Italy and San Marino make it clear that local lobbyists of the separatists were left-wing political forces which, at first glance, seem strange. It is strange, because the left-wing, proclaiming "proletarian internationalism" have suddenly became supporters of the Abkhazian nationalist (and in relation to t...
 
Ruthlessness and lawlessness of law enforcement agencies in the North Caucasus has reached unprecedented scale to which militant underground immediately responds with similar mercilessness. Since the authorities officially declared distrust to their local workers tens of thousands of special forces and all kinds of heavy military equipment have been introduced into the region from central region...
 
Simon Kiladze
Abkhazian diplomacy has "woken up". Recently, interviews, statements, comments of various representatives of the foreign ministry of Abkhazia frequently appear in the press and other media sources. As it seems, a kind of seasonal activity was also triggered by developments in Russia - the main protector of the separatists is returning to the Kremlin who, and this is obvious, has not yet lost hop...
 
Ilia Bagaturia
Kashchei Immortal or Cheka-OGPU-NKVD-KGB-FSB There never wasmore monstrous an organization in the history of human civilization than Cheka-GPU-OGPU-KGB- NKVD-MGB-MVD- KGB-MSB-AFB-MB-FSK-FSB Sergey Melnikoff Punish, not only punish, but punish for real, so that increase in population is noticeable in another world because of our OGPU Sergei Kirov As we noted in the previous ar...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
A meeting with leader of the puppet regime of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab held on April 11th was devoted to the difficult situation in the healthcare system. The calling of the meeting was caused by a concrete case - death of an Abkhazian in a clinic in Georgia, where he was taken in an unconscious state and who died without regaining consciousness. It should be noted that the 45-year-old patie...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Moscow, Sukhumi and Tskhinvali are constantly raising an issue of necessity of signing of agreement on non-aggression of the official Tbilisi on the occupied territories at the Geneva talks. At the same time, Tbilisi, rejecting the initiative due since no agreement can be signed with the puppet regimes that have not been unrecognized in the world, offers Moscow to sign the agreement on non-aggre...
 
Ilia Bagaturia
Anyone familiar with the Abkhazian issues, is well aware of enormous "service" of the Russian security services in instigating and inciting the conflict. Reasons for this are well-known. But not everyone knows about existence of those two insurmountable obstacles - "walls" that have been artificially erected on the way of resolving the conflict. In particular, the first obstacle was demand of...
 
Giorgi Beridze
According to Russian media, after Vladimir Putin’s coming to power Russia has begun to review activities of its intelligence services on the territory of the CIS and has undertaken a number of political, diplomatic, intelligence and sabotage and other types of active measures to consolidate its influence in the area. In 1999, Russia imposed on the CIS countries “concept of information secu...
 
Gocha Guniava
Forecasts of experts that argued that after the presidential elections the Russian authorities would take decisive measures to end the long-standing armed conflict that that has been going on for almost two decades. Unfortunately, it seems that the course of using of forceful methods is still pursued. This argument is confirmed even by an article by Milrad Fatulaev “Two divisions for one aul” an...
 
Gocha Guniava
According to the "initiative" of the Minister for Regional Development Viktor Basargin the Government of the Russian Federation has decided to turn the North Caucasus Federal District into the core of the program of return of Russian-speaking population. In the words of the minister, Chechnya and Ingushetia are ready to submit proposals to encourage Russian-speaking population to remain on the p...
 
Gocha Guniava
The media reports from the North Caucasus about destruction of militants and law enforcers, kidnappings and torture of people, killing of religious figures and suicide bombers that later become part of the monthly and annual statistics, have become everyday norm. Increase in numbers of killed and devastated people and with no hope of it subsiding, can lead to a catastrophe in the region. This to...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
In several days six-month process during which attention of experts was drawn to Russian reality and political changes in its satellite separatist regimes will end. We are talking about never-ending elections that were held in Russia, Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. On March 25th this process will be completed by the so-called “presidential re-elections” in the Tskhinvali region. As we kn...
 
Simon Kiladze
What could Dmitry Medvedev’s decision to appoint governor of the Krasnodar territory Alexander Tkachov as its special representative in Abkhazia mean? What is it - an irreversible deepening of the integration of Abkhazia with Russia and its final absorption by the empire, or is it related only to the security of Olympic Games in Sochi? This decision of the Russian president raised a lot...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
A new position - special representative of President of Russia in Abkhazia has emerged simultaneously in Russia and Abkhazia. In political vocabulary of the 19th century such post was called "viceroy" while in modern it is called "governor." On March 16, 2012 governor of the Krasnodar Territory Alexander Tkachev was appointed on this post. He will work on both these two positions. Appointment...
 
Simon Kiladze
If we look at modern international relations ad diplomatic practice we will see many political “surprises”, paradoxical cases and unprecedented facts. Not very rarely, there are processes between states that, to say mildly, do not go with centuries-old classic traditions of diplomacy and turn existing to this day rules and norms upside down. A person who is familiar with the world politics un...
 
Exactly one year has passed since the beginning of civil clashes in the Arab Republic of Syria. According to latest data of the United Nation organization, more than 7500 people died in Syria since March 2011. The Syrian authorities claim that this figure is exaggerated and declare that on the course of this one year 2493 rebels and 1345 law enforcers and the military that fought against them di...
 
On February 7th Russian president Dmitry Medevdev said at the federal security service (so-called FSB) meeting that ahead of the country’s presidential elections North Caucasian militants would definitely become more active and the strictest preliminary measures would be taken to prevent their terrorist and extremists actions. To fulfill the task of the first person of the country and c...
 
Simon Kiladze
(Continued. See Part I, Part II) "Unification of two Ossetias" – an unrealizable dream "South Ossetia", "North Ossetia" ... Why should there be two Ossetias? Why not unite "North and South Ossetias" within Russia? For several years, these questions have been haunting Ossetian politicians and researchers. While the dream of "unification” and everything discussed above, occurred to Oss...
 
Simon Kiladze
(Continued. See the beginning) Claims to Truso and Daryal Gorges Another issue falsified by Ossetian separatists, is a matter of "territory and borders of South Ossetia." From time to time the Russian press publishes articles composed by Ossetian authors and public organizations (such as Darial) according to which Truso and Darial gorges in Stepantsminda area, as well as villages of Kobi...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
The upcoming "elections" is one of the most acute issues of the recent times in the occupied Abkhazia. Rather, there are two acute issues - so-called "parliamentary elections" of local importance, which will be held on March 10th that precedes the March 4 presidential elections in Russia. While the former should once again emphasize Abkhazian "independence", the latter clearly reveals this "inde...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Today Russia's Kommersant newspaper published yesterday’s interview of leader of the Tskhinvali opposition Alla Dzhioeva, who had planned to hold the inauguration, but her plans were intervened by Tskhinvali riot police. But the interview was recorded before the Tskhinvali security forces stormed her "residence", broken up and arrested her supporters, and Dzhioeva herself paralyzed from th...
 
Simon kiladze
Georgian public is well aware of the fact that “works” concoted by Ossetians scientists and scholars have greatly falsified the history of Osseitan ethnos, especially this is true when it comes to the history of Ossetians living on the territory of Georgia. This tendency of falsificaiiton has increased since the eighties of the last century and it is successfully pursued by scientists of Vlad...
 
Disturbing news is coming from Abkhazia. With instigation of the Moscow Patriarchate and through blindness of the separatist authorities of Abkhazia vandals of the XXI century are purposely destroying all Georgian trace on monuments of cultural heritage. As a result of so-called restoration works in the Ilori St. George Church of the XI century authenticity of the monument has been completely...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
On February 3rd, at the central square in Sukhumi a gathering of Abkhazians took place that was organized by Abkhazian religious separatists led by Dorofei (Dbar). A reason for the gathering was to make an announcement about secession from the Georgian Orthodox Church. The meeting was attended by around one thousand people. As we know, a group of young people left the Abkhazian self-proclaime...
 
For several months Circassian public organizations have very actively been seeking to assist their Syrian compatriots and this was mainly expressed in numerous appeals and requests addressed to the leaders of Russia, Adygea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, and the separatist Abkhazian authorities. As the Adyge republics, as well as Abkhazia, are not entitled to decide such issues on t...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
The alliance between the leader of the Tskhinvali opposition and her "godfather", head coach of Russia's freestyle wrestling national team Dzambolat Tedeev has been broken. Discarding old roses of the political affair, opponents of Eduard Kokoity gave him a present that former head of the puppet regime that left the "presidential" chair (but not benefits of power) did not expect at all. The alre...
 
Simon Kiladze
Recently on Russian electronic publications I have come across several “diplomatic anecdotes” that present international legal status of Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia in a quite wittily satirical and joking context. And indeed, one cannot help smiling when reading this: “recognition of Abkhazia by Nicaragua was assessed as an unprecedented event in the history of the diplomacy. This is...
 
Mass riots that have begun last spring in Syria have turned into a political crisis and the country is almost on the verge of a civil war. With the increase of aggravation of the situation in Syria active actions of the Circassian public organizations is increasing which mainly is expressed in their frequent appeals to executive and legislative powers of Russia, Adyge, Kabardino-Balkaria and ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
In recent times the month of January has become quite scandalous for Abkhazia. This was the case last year, when Sukhumi was visited by head of the Accounting Chamber of Russia Sergey Stepashin and which was followed by a serious confrontation between local authorities and the opposition. And it is happening this year as well, when Abkhazian media reports on the visit of the Abkhazian delegation...
 
Experts struggle to assess political course of today’s Chechnya leadership. It is not that unambiguous. Some accuse its leader Ramzan Kadyrov of slave obedience to Moscow while others, on the contrary, maintain that given the existing situation he is taking advantage of weaknesses of the Russian government. Proponents of both opinions have quite firm arguments. Chechnya is full of Russi...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Latest information and statements of Russian politicians concerning issues of possibility of Israel's targeted attacks with U.S. support on Iran's nuclear facilities cannot not cause concern in the republics of the South Caucasus. This is especially true for Georgia, where everyone understands that Moscow has not abandoned its plans to fully seize and subjugate it. More, it has been militarising...
 
The population of the North Caucasus should realize their potential on the place, without migration to federal metropolises. The number of Caucasians seeking better living conditions in large Russian cities is increasing more and more. They struggle to get used to new cultural space, they are not ready for it. The development of production, economic and social spheres should be developed to such...
 
Simon Kiladze
In the middle of December, Geneva – European centre of the international diplomacy once again hosted participants of discussions on issues of security and stability in the South Caucasus. Political positions and diplomatic landscape have not changed. On one side co-chairs (European Union, OSCE and the UN) and a representative of Georgia and on the other side – Russia and Abkhazian...
 
Levan Kiknadze
I believe that an article by Inal Khshig that was published in the December 6th issue of the Chegemskaya Pravda newspaper would have given Abkhazians a reason for serious thinking. If we delve deep into the essence of the issue we will see that Inal Khashig’s nostalgia for the Abkhazia of the time of Ardzinba leadership directly indicates that the recognition of ”independence “ of Abkhazia...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Russia continues to give some more baloney to its puppets in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. After the agreement was reached between Georgia and Russia on Russia’s accession to WTO dose of baloney has increased significantly. If earlier the Russian Foreign Ministry tried to hide it and invited the puppets to Moscow to acquaint them with their absurd ideas, now, apparently, it was decid...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
Kokoity leaves - a loser? Dzhioeva remains - a winner? Such questions are arising after the Tskhinvali opposition got an excuse to go home and celebrate a "victory" in its clash with the regime. Though it is Kokoity who should celebrate - he who managed to foist on Alla Dzhioeva a scenario of ending resistance at the Theatre Square in Tskhinvali that completely satisfied him. An agreement that t...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
2011 has been a very active year for the Abkhazian society. In one year there occurred more events than in the past 20 years. It all started with a visit of the Chairman of the Russian Accounting Chamber Sergey Stepashin earlier this year. As it appears, Stepashin's initiative "brought" failures as since that time chaos and rebellion have become commonplace in Abkhazia. In January, Sukhumi wa...
 
Malkhaz Toria
(Published on the basis of works of T. Achugba) At the end of September this year, the Sukhumi-based Respublika Abkhazia newspaper in the article "A valuable work on the history and ethnology of the Abkhazian people" published information on nomination of monograph "XIX-XX centuries. Ethnic history of Abkhazians. Ethnopolitical and migration aspects" for the award of G. Dzidzaria. Its author ...
 
Anti-dictatorship wave of Arab revolutions that started in Tunis has come to Syria after Egypt and Libya. Rebelled population calls upon the Government of Bashar Al-Assad to resign. Assad has stubbornly resisted to leave his post and several times refused to comply with his promise to stop violence against opponents that he gave to heads of countries of the League of Arab States. Western coun...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The occupied Tskhinvali region prepares to continue a farce. On November 27th it will be decided who will pursue Russia's interests in the region. Out of eleven candidates two remains to face each other - Moscow-backed and man of a criminal background Anatoly Bibilov and former corrupt minister of education of the Kokoity puppet regime Ala Dzhieova. The first round of the farce called the ele...
 
Russia is preparing for the upcoming parliamentary and, later presidential elections. Despite a great desire public of neither Russia nor that of the world expect any cardinal changes in country's internal or foreign strategic directions from these elections. There are all kinds of prerequisites to suggest this since it is undutiful that it will be the ruling party United Russia again that will ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Tensions are growing in the occupied Tskhinvali region more and more with the elections of the leader of the puppet regime approaching. Candidate of the Kremlin and of Kokoity Anatoly Bibilov is trying to please people, if we can call that to that small amount of persons that still remain in the occupied region. He either presents his election program, which has just main theses - joining Russia...
 
Levan Kiknadze
We were pleasantly surprised at the fact that recently a small but significant article was published in the Sukhumi-based Chegemskaya Pravda newspaper. There certain Stepan Korshunov writes with bleeding heart about an abandoned and uncared-for resting place of forgotten by all Yuri Voronov. We know very well that one says either good things about the dead or nothing but keeping silent in this c...
 
Eduard Kokoity's manipulations got him to this. He finds himself to be an illegitimate "president of South Ossetia" not only objectively, but according to even the Tskhinvali legislation/ The latter, we note, was actively shaken up by Kokoity - especially in recent times - in order to eliminate rivals and secure well-being of his and that of his clan. Continuous adjustment of laws and regulation...
 
Ankvab needs permission of the FSB to travel on his own territory While Abkhazians are outraged at the situation with the MMD (Moscow Military District) sanatorium and fear of further claims of Russia on 160 square kilometres of nature reserve area in the Gagra district to which it has its eye on the pretext of a dispute over border village of Aibga, it appears that Abkhazians are already dep...
 
Simon Kiladze
Russia has long sought to join the World Trade Organisation, but in vain. There were moments when the goal seems to be close, but for a variety of reasons the process stopped, and there was no progress. The biggest barrier arose after 2008, when Georgia, as a full member of the World Trade Organization, set conditions for Russia: agree customs procedures with each other on mandatory grounds and ...
 
Information about introduction of Internet censorship in occupied Tskhinvali region was confirmed. The Ossetian radio and television website reported that access to "some sites with opposition tendencies" has been blocked in Tskhinvali. Among them were all the information resources of the local opposition - "Kudar site", "Ossetia Forward", "Ossetia Kvaisa", also leading North Ossetian informatio...
 
It's a time of great celebrations in Abkhazia now. The young and old are following the "world championship" in dominoes, which is taking place in the occupied territory from 19 to 21st of October. All are happy that after so many years they will finally be able to see foreigners in Sukhumi. Some hope that the championship will be the beginning of the wider recognition of Abkhazia's independence,...
 
Levan Kiknadze
Why are various media sources operating under the Russian security services or even independent ones so anxious? Or what else were they expecting from Sukhumi? Indeed, a certain part of the local political elite, though still at the level of political announcements, is trying to show the Kremlin that it is loyal to Moscow nothing changes and nothing helps to change more and more increasing negat...
 
The first visit of the "president" of Abkhazia to his masters in the Kremlin has happened. What the parties talked about, is not that well known. Moscow has not extended on this subject too much, and those in Abkhazia are just making guesses. So all kinds of rumours are starting to circulate, which sends shivers down the spines of many in the occupied region. The mere fact that Abkhazian dele...
 
After the collapse of the Soviet Union the North Caucasus has become the biggest headache for Russia. Since the Chechen-Russian war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties and material damage on both sides, Russia have not managed to strengthen its positions in the region. Seven republics that are subsidized and enormous military expenses for the region that is on the brink of the c...
 
Early October was marked by cessation of a protracted dispute in Tskhinvali that for a long time has been agitating local community in the context of the upcoming "elections” scheduled for November 13th. Dzambolat Tedeev - head coach of Russian national team of freestyle wrestling and, concurrently, main enemy of Eduard Kokoity was predictably neutralized by the regime after the Tskhinvali finis...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
As it appears that a Gene was in a Grecian amphora that Russian Prime Minister Vladidmr Putin took great pains to dig out of two metres deep of the sea. They say Putin asked it for a presidency. This is just a joke of course although half of the world has nothing to joke about really. Last week it became clear that king Putin is returning to the Kremlin. Medvedev completely "selflessly" give u...
 
Simon Kiladze
Curious and paradoxical things do happen in diplomacy sometimes and in quite a large numbers. From the beginning of formation of states and start of international relations between them "leaders of the world" and their representatives often were embroiled in various political intrigues. The history preserved numerous scandalous and loud stories regarding ambassadors, mission leaders and consuls....
 
Simon Kiladze
Why we have not noticed in time Melanesians in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu ... diminutive states, located in the archipelago of the Pacific Islands, have launched a very questionable form of political business - sovereignty trade that briefly can be expressed as follows: "You give us money we recognize your independence." Of course, under current international law, recog...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
Over the last several days the puppet regimes in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali have been the only sources of the fact of recognition of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region by the Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu. According to their reports, documents concerning the establishment of diplomatic relations were signed by Prime Minister of the Pacific Ocean island state Willy Telavi in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali re...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Abkhazia officially has a new leader. On September 26th inauguration of Alexander Ankvab took place after which he will proceed to fully enter into his duties. Although even before that he also did not sit idly by but worked tirelessly on personnel matters. As you know, Ankvab achieved a very solid victory over his rivals - Sergei Shamba and Raul Khajimba in the August 26th elections. The pop...
 
Revolutions that are taking place in the Arab world have become a focus of daily attention of the international community. A wave of anti-dictatorial uprising that started in Tunisia and Egypt has dealt n especially serious blow to Libya. It Syrian authorities remain in power at the expense of large casualties. Tensions are running high in other Arab countries as well. Taking into account the...
 
Levan Kiknadze
The so-called Presidential elections in Sukhumi will become a part of the history on September 26th - after finalization of its results - inauguration. This outcome - a victory of Ankvab over Shamba and Khajimba with big advantage in numerical terms is little more than half of all voters. But this is not an indication of the percentage of specifically Abkhazian votes that went to all three candi...
 
The third Global Political Forum which Russia sees as a major event to discuss innovative ideas took place in the city of Yaroslavl in early September. According to experts, the main beneficiary of this forum appeared to be former Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, who with sensational statements in his report at the Yaroslavl forum celebrated his retur...
 
Foreign policy of Russia and Russian diplomats were never known for their correctness and moral principles on any stage of existence of their state. But during last several decades their actions surpassed all levels of injustice and slyness. A conflict that was instigated by Russia in Abkhazia in nineties of the last century and which resulted in tens of thousands of civilian casualties and b...
 
The degree of national self-awareness of individuals or public organizations in today's Cherkessia is determined depending on how they assess issues of unification of Adyghe territories, return of descendants of Muhajirs to their historic homeland, recognition of the genocide of the Circassian people and holding of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Opinion most of the Circassian population and ...
 
On August 27th the Government of the Republic of Turkey issued a decree about the return of assets to communities of religious minorities that were confiscated in 1936 and following years. Assets were returned to Greeks, Armenians and Jews of Turkey. If their properties were sold and they already have other legitimate owners then the authorities are obliged to pay their former owners relevant co...
 
Giorgi Leon Kavtaradze
If we throw a glance through the main - Eurasian - part of the Eastern Hemisphere we can easily find the Trans-Caucasus located between the two seas. It has quite an extraordinary, I dare say, even central position on the hemisphere. In North of it, across the Great Caucasian Range, is situated Russia; in the South, genuine Near Eastern Turkey and Iran; in the West, the Black Sea divides it from...
 
"Georgia shakes Russian sovereignty in the North Caucasus" – these are words of Abkhazian political scientist and editor-in-chief of "independent" Abkhazian newspaper Chegemskaya Pravda Inal Khashig. He argues that recognition of the Circassian genocide by the Parliament of Georgia is caused by current tense relations between Georgia and Russia and it does not concern the tragedy of the Ci...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
"He that mischief hatches mischief catches". I wonder whether this saying was remembered by editor of the Nuzhnaya newspaper Isida Chania, when she wrote "Referendum" of twenty-sixth. For what did we fight?" about the situation around the left-bank part of the border village of Aibga. Claims upon it are laid by Russia, along with 160 square km of reserve tracts, so conveniently situated near the...
 
Moscow continues to understand legal collisions caused by the recognition of "independence" of Abkhazia and "South Ossetia". Now, an issue was raised on the agenda - the issue of forthcoming parliamentary elections at the end of 2011 and presidential elections in 2012. The problem emerged at the CEC session of the Russian Federation that took place on July 28th during discussions the draft recom...
 
On July 19th, five unidentified strudy young men severely beat up with iron rods chairman of the public movement "Khase" of Kabardino-Balkaria Ibrahim Yaganov near his own home in Nalchik. Severe traumas to the head and spine could have led to a fatal outcome. And this was the third case of such attack. First attack on Yaganov was carried out by ten young men armed with iron rods in December 200...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The election campaign in Abkhazia is in full swing. "Presidential" Candidates are more frequently giving interviews to various Russian media sources and make different statements. All three are trying to find own niche and focus on specific groups of voters. The subject of Georgia is not left without attention either. While "vice president" Ankvab makes quite restrained statements about relati...
 
Levan Kiknadze
Mister Roslyakov, to be honest your article left me with mixed feelings. I am sure that many other Georgians expelled from Abkhazia would feel same feelings after reading your "work". I will not apologize for those quotes used when speaking about your work and you should not be surprised either. And I will try to explain reasons for them. When I say "mixed feelings", I want to point out, on one ...
 
Two months have passed since the Georgian Parliament recognized the genocide of the Circassian people. But silence and confusion caused by this act still continues in the upper echelons of the Russian authorities. Sensible parts of the Circassian society assessed this immediately as the beginning of a new stage in their history. The decision of the Georgian Parliament played another important pa...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Recently Abkhazian, Russian and Georgian media have been paying great attention to the processes in the occupied region of Abkhazia. This is not surprising since elections are approaching and each side makes its plans for further action. Plans are also drawn up by "presidential" candidates and they are making multiple passes and different statements, including those on the brink of a foul. Fo...
 
According to the Russian security services, some time ago a group of 70 Arab-trained mercenaries crossed over into Dagestan from Georgia. They were trained in the following villages of the Pankisi Gorge: Taliban (such village does not exist there), Birkiani and Omalo under the guidance of Arab and Turkish instructors, and afterwards they in groups of 10-15 people were sent into Dagestan. Accordi...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper closely follows the situation around the village of Aibga that is in the occupied territory of Abkhazia. It follows the situation and consistently throws in provocative materials. We should remind that the question of Aibga became more acute after Russian plans to lay their hands on 160 square kilometres of land adjacent to the Abkhazian section of the G...
 
Since the end of 1980s onwards Georgia has constantly been facing problems that were created by both external forces and helplessness and lack of pragmatic approach of our politicians and public figures. Indeed, mostly it was caused by inability of some politicians, public figures and experts who instead of finding ways to solve problems suggested either aggressive actions, or unfounded concessi...
 
Tragic events took place in North Ossetia. On May 26th people's poet of North Ossetia and dean of the faculty of Philology of the Vladikavkaz University, 70 year-old Shamil Jigkaev was killed. First he was stubbed numerous times and after that he was beheaded. On May 31st, after the special operation law enforcers killed suspect in the Jigkaev killing follower of the radical Islam 34 year-old Da...
 
Chairman of the public movement Khase of Kabardino-Balkaria Ibragim Khasanbovich Yaganov was born in 1963 in the village of Nartan of the Chegem district. He graduated from the Baku school of police (militsia) and the law faculty of the Sukhumi University. He is a vice-president of the Federation of Equestrian sport of the Kabardino-Balkaria and an owner of the horse breeding farm of the unique ...
 
Fight continues in the occupied Abkhazia - whether for the souls of believers or for the largest and most profitable local church facility in the form of the New Athos Monastery of St. Simon the Zealot. The confrontation resumed three weeks after the so-called church-people assembly, which on May 15th gathered fifteen hundred supporters of two Abkhaz monks - Dorofei Dbar and Andrei Ampar in New ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
When a human being leaves this world it is always sorrowful for his/ her friends and relatives. But when it is a person who was always in the centre of attention of the world or local media it always aroused a special interest. And when this departure from this world is accompanied by somewhat suspicious circumstances there always are conspiracy theories. On May 29th head of the Abkhazian pup...
 
On May 20th, 2011 at its plenary meeting and in presence of the Circassian diaspora the Georgian Parliament unanimously recognized the genocide of the Circassian people and condemned crimes committed by the Russian empire during the Russian-Circassian War of 1763-1864, as well as inhuman acts resulting in killing and expulsion from the homeland of hundreds of thousands of people. Such importa...
 
Experts' Club
Death of a man is, of course, regrettable. Only good or nothing at all is said about the deceased. But when it comes to the Abkhazian reality - when the head of the puppet regime dies whether we want it or not backroom talks about his successor or replacement are unavoidable. So the puppet theatre created by the Kremlin in the occupied Abkhazia last year has lost two puppets – main char...
 
Levan Kiknadze
In mid-April, before the so-called presidential elections in the Tskhinvali region, Kokoity who counts last days of his term as a chief puppet, decided to present his "successor", so-called prosecutor general of "South Ossetia" Teimuraz Khugaev to his masters in Moscow. After all Khugaev will indeed conceal black deeds of Kokoity better than anyone else. And in case of becoming a president the l...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Georgia recognized the fact of the genocide of the Circassian people by the Russian empire. On May 20th the Georgian Parliament unanimously supported this issue and thus created a precedent regarding the Circassian issue. On May 21st the entire Circassian society marked a day of commemoration of the victims of the genocide. Work had been going on with regards to the Circassian issue for eight...
 
Gocha Guniava
May 21st marks the 147 years since the day of announcement of Russia about the end of the war in the North-West Caucasus. In honour of the victory over the Circassians a big military parade, hosted by the governor of the Caucasus Mikhail Nikolayevich Romanov was held on the Krasnaya Polyana. The result of the Russian-Circassian War, which began in 1763 and lasted for 100 years, was deaths and ex...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
A serious conflict is brewing in the occupied Abkhazia. So-called parliament passed a resolution in which it advises the so-called Abkhazian foreign ministry "to send a note to the leadership of the Russian Federation on protection of rights of the personnel of the military sanatorium "Sukhum". A parliamentary commission was also formed to study documentation according to which the sanatorium, u...
 
Gocha Guniava
According to the news agency Interfax, on May 2nd two militants were killed as a result of joint actions of law enforcement bodies in Chechnya, on the border of the Shatoi and Vedeno districts and one of them was identified as a Turkish citizen, known to the armed underground under the pseudonym of "Salauddin". A real name and other information about the killed militant have not been disclosed. ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
A lot have passed since the 1992-1993 conflict in Abkhazia. The Georgian side has attempted numerous times to find ways to hearts of Abkhazians and has been trying to get closer on various levels, whether political or people diplomacy, various meetings mediated by NGOs or international organizations, business or everyday issues. At various times there have been advancements in these attempts but...
 
Gocha Gvaramia
On May 15th it can get really hot in Abkhazia. But in this case it will not be due to natural cataclysms. Temperature will soar in religious sphere where so-called young wing of the Abkahzian Orthodox society comes out against "servant" of the Russian Orthodox Church and self-appointed head of the Abkhazian diocese (part of the Georgian Orthodox Church) "Pop-Mauser" (priest-Mauser) Vissarion Apl...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
Even after 20 years since the end of the war in Abkhazia demographic problem and percent ratio with other nationalities still remains a matter of apprehension for Abkhazians. Not even ethnic cleansing of Georgians who had always been majority in Abkhazia, have helped Abkhazians. Details of the recent census of the population are not yet known and Sukhumi promises to unveil them by the next ye...
 
Gocha Guniava
"Give the Caucasus peace and do not seek earthly paradise on the Euphrates! it's here! It's here!" Bestuzhev-Marlinsky 1837 Extremely tense situation in the North Caucasus is always within sphere of attention of the international community as due to a long-lasting armed confrontation the situation in this highly-explosive region can turn into a fully-fledged war. Politicians and exper...
 
Russian authorities have started 2010 with administrative changes in the North Caucasus. They created the North Caucasus Federal District, which unites all republics of the region, except Adygea. Yet another step to territorially segregate Circassian peoples caused severe irritation in Circassian population. Russian millionaire Alexander Khloponin was sent from Siberia and put as the head of ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
The most significant among the events of last week was the visit of an Israeli military company in the occupied Abkhazia. It is sad but true, that it was one of its strategic partners that treaded on Georgia's sore place. But, let's start everything from beginning... Upon his return from Turkey puppet leader of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh went to Moscow to give an account about "work done" and th...
 
Giorgi Tsiklauri
"As part of Europe, Abkhazia believes that close cooperation with the EU is one of its foreign policy priorities" – this was a response of Sukhumi to adoption of European Parliament resolution on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy - Eastern Dimension that happened on April 7th. This somewhat unexpected statement of the Abkhazian foreign ministry in fact welcomes used in the re...
 
Levan Kiknadze
As we have mentioned in our previous articles discontent towards colonial politics of Russia, which the latter is pursuing shamelessly in one form or other, is growing in the Abkhazian population and especially in its sensible part. Future colonizers raised a question of transfer of the village of Aibga of the Gagra district to the Krasnodar Krai back during the rule of Ardzinba but they failed ...
 
Irakli Tskitishvili
A conflict is deepening in the Abkhazian Church hierarchy. Actions of Vissarion Apliaa and the Russian Orthodox Church in this occupied territory are irritating more and more people. In addition to facts when a great deal of discontent was expressed in the society towards Russia both regarding the issue of real state and the process of the territorial dispute, the Russian-Abkhazian confrontation...
 
Levan Kiknadze
After the collapse of the Soviet Union its "proud" successor not only continued its imperial politics in the North Caucasus but raised it to unseen heights. The only difference is that if Soviet Russia did not care about democratic principles its successor has been acting in the name of democracy and protection of fundamental human rights. While in reality it supports and instigates separatism i...
 
A bit too early was joy of Abkhazians in connection with a meeting that was held in Moscow on March 29-31st regarding specification of the Abkhazian section of the Georgian-Russian border. At these negotiations, Russian officials and the delegation of Sukhumi have discussed a territorial issue and delimitation of maritime space in the Black Sea between Russia and Russian-recognised Abkhazia. ...