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The Second World War victory still belongs to everyone2010-04-07 23:27
The relationship between Russia and Georgia is utterly complicated and resembles a paradox, often turning into something really absurd. According to the Georgian media, Russia is to be blamed for every problem the country is facing. At the same time, the natives of the sunny Georgia are in disfavor with the Russian periodicals. The western media discovered another paradox in the relationship between the countries: the Georgian representatives have not been invited to the Victory Parade that is to be held in Moscow. BBC is wondering why the Russian military administration has taken a decision like that. On the other hand, a copy of the Glory Memorial blown up by the Georgian authorities
last December is going to be erected during the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the victory on the Hill of Respectful Salutation. Will the Georgian veterans come to the memorial, considering the fact that Georgia's official delegation has not been invited to the Victory Parade in Moscow?
The Georgian media has been sarcastic: Georgia is thrown off the list of the Great Patriotic War participants. There are such titles already. The Russian TV channels are already broadcasting the news that the Georgian veterans have been deprived of their victory. However, the focus was placed upon the fact that the Georgian authorities prefer to destroy the memorials instead of taking care about their veterans. Meanwhile, during the Second World War, over three hundred thousand citizens of Georgia went to the front and died, while 137 people became Heroes of the Soviet Union. Only a few of them lived as long as this May, and it is the tradition of both the nations to pay tribute to the heroes.
By the way, one may get various answers to such questions as "What are the grounds for the Russian military administration's decision to avoid inviting the delegation from Georgia? Do you support this decision?" Some opinions are rather sharp. For instance, there is the following statement: "The Georgians gave up on their victory over the Hitlerite Germany when they blew up the memorial to the Georgian heroes, the victors over the Fascists. Now they sympathize with the Georgians who fought against the USSR on the Fascists' side", an unknown person says. "I am sure the veterans would be happy to go to Moscow on May 9 to celebrate the Victory Day; however, the current regime would accuse them of secret connections with Moscow as soon as they return home; there is obviously no reason to stake on Saakashvili's sensibility", - a citizen of Moldavia answered at the forum.
Such comments are in abundance: "We bow low to those Georgian veterans who are alive; they are our brothers, they are always welcome in Russia, and we will never forget those who died! Saakashvili is another issue... at this point, nothing comes to my mind but some non-print expressions...", - a citizen of Saint Petersburg says. "It is just that we should invite the Georgian veterans and pay for their lodging and traveling. No reason to invite those being at power. They would not come, anyway", - a citizen of Moscow commented. "Whom should we address the invitations to? Saakashvili? - Alexander from Russia is concerned. - We should invite the veterans anyway, no matter how many of them will come. The very fact of an invitation would be a tribute to their feat".