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One cannot attach a myth to the case

2009-08-17 17:13

3681.jpegThe echo of the last August war has reached the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Jeroen Akkermans, a Dutch TV-jounalist, has sued at law together with the relatives of those Georgians, who died during the battle in Gori, on the case of "the use of cluster ammunition by Russia" in the course of the military conflict. The reason for complaint is the wound received by the journalist in the Georgian town of Gori during the South-Ossetian war in August 2008.


Let us remind you that Jeroen Akkermans, a correspondent of the RTL Dutch TV company, was wounded in the leg, while a colleague of his, Stan Storimans, a camera operator, died because of the wounds when the group of journalists got under fire on August, 12, near the town of Gori. According to the complaint, so long as the town was attacked by the Russian troops, it is Russia that must be responsible for the death of civilians.

The journalists often die while covering military conflicts. This is a fact, regrettable or not. Unfortunately, distortion of facts by the Georgian party and its "well-wishers" became normal in the informational war that followed the military conflict. Having launched the August war by intruding into South Ossetia, Georgia is now trying to make an image of a victim of the "Russian aggression" in the eyes of the world community.

Indeed, as a result of this criminal adventure undertaken by the Georgian president, who tried to restore his shaken rating in such a bloody way, Georgia has got dozens of thousands of new refugees, new beds-of-honour at the Mukhadgverdi cemetery; common citizens have suffered as well. But who attacked the sleeping Tskhinval, who ruined almost 90 percent of the city, having paved it with hundreds of the Ossetian graves in the gardens? It seems like no one of Mr. Saakashvili's close assistants and his supporters hating Russia has ever asked this question. "Their task was to block Russia's attempts to introduce the notion of genocide upon the Ossetians into the informational space. Otherwise, Russia would have played the role of the white knight, which could never be allowed, - Kirill Benediktov, a writer and historian, underlined in his article called Facets of War. - A well-known Human Rights Watch expert Tanya Lokshina kept steadily repeating: "The losses among civil population might be counted in dozens but not in thousands or even hundreds", and voiced the "agreed" figure of 47 people.

47 people are the corpses that were taken to the Tskhinval mortuary, which, by the way, was heavily fired as well, so very few citizens had a chance to take the dead there. As soon as the fire ceased, those who survived buried their dead in the gardens. It was only after August, 12 that they managed to re-bury them at a cemetery with the help of Ministry of Emergency Situations. Of course, one could walk along the cemetery and count the fresh graves but the human rights defenders refused to do it, for some reason".

However, today, they may again return to the topic of the human rights violation in the last-year war, speculating on the facts of the use of cluster ammunition by the parties and shamelessly distorting the facts again.

It was in the middle of August, after Georgia's military entrance to South Ossetia, that Deputy Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the RF Anatoli Nagovitsin reported that Russia never uses cluster ammunition, including the military operation in South Ossetia and Abkhazai. Meanwhile, the Investigative Committee of the Public Prosecution Office of the RF got the evidence of the use of cluster ammunition against civilians by the Georgian servicemen in the course of the armed conflict. This was stated by the ICPPO authorized representative Vladimir Markin.

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