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Adventures of Abkhaz citizens in Tbilisi

2010-11-15 14:59

10061.jpegOne of these days Tbilisi hosts an extraordinary wedding ceremony that tops the news rating on Georgian TV channels between a Georgian groom and an Abkhaz bride. It's so easy to become a TV star in Sakartvelo. If you are an Abkhaz citizen living in Georgia, you'll be taken by the arm right on the border, given food and drink and brought right to the Rustavi 2 production studio - not to prison like a lost separatist.


The bride's name is Lika Gunia. She moved to Georgia a short time ago. She gives an interview to Rustavi-2 in the Russian language since her Georgian is very poor so far. Lika came to the neighboring state because of her boyfriend Lasha Darsania she is marrying soon. The happy love story of two young people has become part of pro-Georgian propaganda.

TV channels claim that Mikheil Saakashvili plans to attend the wedding as a tamada. The news report on an apartment in Tbilisi to be given to the newlyweds and the bride's wedding dress in Georgian style with Abkhaz elements, and another wedding to be organized upon deoccupation.

A real Abkhaz is such a rarity in Tbilisi that any citizen of Abkhazia that comes here is undoubtedly noticed by TV cameras and becomes a tool of Georgian propaganda. To be seized by the agitprop, one should cross the Ingur bridge on the Abkhaz-Georgian border. Under the Involvement Strategy there is a microbus giving a free excursion around Georgia. A free meal is not even mentioned being part of the program.

It's good that the Abkhaz bride does not speak Georgian and can't understand and analyze all the nonsense coming from Georgian journalists. Usually, local PR-specialists are happy to frame Abkhazians that come to Georgia placing their signatures on an address to the rest of "stray" population of Abkhazia calling them to return to Georgia's fold.

Dreams to set up an anti-separatist movement out of Abkhazians has been an old dream in Tbilisi. That is why almost anyone who moved to Tbilisi was a protagonist of agitation statements. However, usually such addresses are signed by dummies.

For example, the latest call to Abkhazia to change direction and throw off the burden of Russian occupation has only Abkhaz names on it with "Esma Korsaya" among them. There are a few people with this surname in the country, so it was easy to find out that the person does not exist.

Georgia's agitation machine can't come to a stop even when people's lives are at stake. Sakartvelo enjoys good-quality and relatively cheap medical service compared with Russia. Tbilisi hospitals often receive patients from Abkhazia that need prompt treatment. And while the person is in an intensive care unit, "the ministry of health care of Abkhazia" is talking nonsense on salvation of the nation.

As Mamuka Areshidze, a Georgian expert, and Giya Baramia, an Abkhaz official in exile, assure, recently there has been a boom of Abkhaz escapades to Georgia. As reported, people crossed borders through bypass routes hiding from sharp-sighted militants from Abkhazia and Russian occupants. "Fat women in black with babies in their hands and tired gray-haired men were dragging themselves along carrying checked bags. Their faces beamed when they saw a Georgian flag through thick eucalyptus leaves", - is the manner Georgian mass media report on Abkhazians fleeing Russian occupation. 

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