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“Crusade” on Tskhinval burns all bridges2010-08-12 19:24
It wasn't only human losses that South Ossetia incurred in the August war of 2008. Destroyed infrastructure and dying economy was what Mikheil Saakashvili left to "his" people. Despite the global economic crisis the Russian Federation decided to join in the reconstruction and economic development of the South Ossetian republic following recognition of its independence. The Georgian president may continue to spit poison on those who disagree his favorite image of a "victim" but sovereign mechanisms were launched and Saakashvili won't be able to stop them.
According to expert evaluations, only state and municipal facilities suffered a damage of USD 18 billion. No doubt, no one could think that the choice would be easy but Russia did not go back on its serious commitments. Now it is absolutely evident that Georgia that had kept South Ossetia under 20 years' economic blockade, can only "smoke nervously in the corner".
Before tragic events in 2008 when the republic had an indefinite political status because of "brotherly" Georgians, the economic degradation was glaring. Closing the Transcaucasian market, as Georgia did, the production facilities of industrial enterprises were completely worn tout causing total detriment.
Foreign investors are wary about Caucasian regions and Georgia that is considered a too risky country in view of an instable foreign policy and Mikheil Saakashvili's political moves. What is there to be said about the partly recognized South Ossetian republic? Presently all South Ossetia's foreign trade turnover is with the Russian Federation that also exports all necessary goods.
Nevertheless, as Dmitry Medoyev, South Ossetia's plenipotentiary representative to the Russian Federation told GeorgiaTimes the process of the republic's rehabilitation is proceeding in due course.
- Over 20 years of confrontation all South Ossetia's industry was in ruin, so the 08/08/08 events simply finished off the country's economy. All industrial enterprises that were on their way out, so to say, were in complete decay. Infrastructure was completely destroyed. You know that everything - hospitals, kindergartens, apartment blocks (80%) were destroyed. So we first of all reconstruct homes for people to live. Hospitals and nursery schools are being constructed too. Here we must highlight Russia's great role - actively providing finance, specialists, people and equipment. A few thousands workers, specialists are permanently staying in South Ossetia to work, build and put facilities into operation. The process is going on and certainly it will take some time to bring everything that was destroyed to normality. Roads are being constructed. This is very important for us since remote districts that are under our jurisdiction now need communications. Many administrative sector agencies have started operating: they are mostly in charge with town sustainment. A lot of residential space is being constructed too. In the near future Moskovsky micro district that was assisted by the government of Moscow will be completed. This is a very important territory that will help provide apartments to the poor and those who lost their homes. Town utilities are next on the list. They are so derelict that need replacing. This is another very important project as well as traffic routes that in our mountainous environment play a crucial role for both people and economy, particularly in wintertime.
Besides the last stone to smash South Ossetia's unstable economy was Georgia's refusal to provide energy resources via their transit scheme. Apparently, Mikheil Saakashvili thinks that if not all Georgia's districts are gasified, "second-rate people" must use kindling-wood.