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Political fraud technology2010-05-28 14:21
Yesterday, on May 26, Georgia celebrated the Independence Day. A memorial in honor of "everyone who died for Georgia's integrity since the Soviet times" was opened in Tbilisi. While making a speech at the opening ceremony, Mikhail Saakashvili stated proudly that "We must be ready to put on military uniform and... take up arms when at the crucial moment... Everyone should be ready to die in their land so that our names could be put in the spaces. This is the genetic code of our country and the experience of our history". This affected sacrifice is remarkably combined with an attempt to blow up the panic rumours about the "Russian threat".
A week and a half ago, on May 15, the information about a leaflet allegedly disseminated among the Russian servicemen in the Caucasus appeared in web logs and in a number of the Georgian informational resources. This so-called "document", or rather, its photo, appeared for the first time on May 14 in alex-surovi web log (the post was deleted, although its copy was stored in Yandex cache). The blogger whose journal had been created just a month ago reported the following: "A bottle with gas always blows up when the pressure is raised. Our situation is no exception: it is very likely that we should expect the second Georgian war in June. This possibility is confirmed by the papers disseminated among the officers of the North Caucasus landing troops. For good
reason I am not going to name the name and surname of the person from whom I got the leaflet (he says that it will all start in June) but the leaflet is in my possession". In the context of the informational silence after the Victory Day, the information about the leaflet headed "Warrior, you should know your enemy!" went around the web logs in the blink of an eye. However, the panic was quickly put down by another blogger, Russian officer from the 7th base in the republic of South Ossetia: "Well, I can only say that this person is not at all aware of what is happening here at the base. He even confuses the proper names of the equipment (BMP-97, while the correct variant is BPM-97). The information about the beginning of war in June is quite amusing but it is something of a fantasy. I have never seen an appeal at the photo and there is a question why it was given to the troopers and was not given to us. I feel the paper was printed right after the end of the Five-day war in 2008."
The topic seemed to be closed: the paper was obviously forged. The scandal survived just 24 hours in the web log environment. However, Tbilisi's reaction to the forgery turned out to be rather unexpected. On May 17 the Georgian MFA reported that it was examining the information about the leaflets dissemination in the units of the 58th army, having underlined that it was received from the Russian websites and, consequently, should be treated with care. At the same time, the Georgian foreign administration stated that such leaflets were disseminated in the course of the Five-day war among the Russian troops. The official Tbilisi's attempt to lay the blame on somebody else looks ridiculous. Just look at the situation: why would Russia reveal this kind of document if it were really getting ready for a war? Is it a noble warning? There is nothing to laugh at. Or, is it that some honest men sympathizing with the young Georgian democracy got some top-secret information at the stake of their life? Why should the information be treated with care, then? No reason talking about the leaflets of 2008. Common soldiers do not need any information about the enemy's grouping, while the officers already have it, even more detailed and precise than the incompetently edited copy-paste from Wikipedia.