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Black PR on the Abkhaz blood

2011-08-17 23:10

Black PR on the Abkhaz blood. 20952.jpegAugust 14 - anniversary of the 1992-93 war - became a culminating point of a pre-election campaign in Abkhazia. An interview with former Georgian Minister of Defense Tengiz Kitovani was taken in front of the building of a Philharmonic Hall in Sukhumi; he said that one of the candidates, Alexander Ankvab, fulfilled Tbilisi's orders during the war by reporting the Abkhaz armed units' movement and other valuable information to the "headquarters". GeorgiaTimes correspondent decided to meet with Kitovani and find out what is true and


what's not about it.

As soon as an article called "Gamarjoba, batono Ankvab" ("Hello, Mr. Ankvab") was published in Moskovskaya Pravda, it became clear that this was the best step made by political strategists who were tasked to "remove" Ankvab. The article had no author's name at the end and editor-in-chief Shod Muladzhanov told GeorgiaTimes that he would not provide any information on its origin and besides, "such articles are quite normal for a pre-election campaign".

A couple of days after the article was published, its video version was shown in the center of Sukhum by the activist of the campaign headquarters Sergey Shamba. The audience numbered about 800 people. Later, we are going to discuss the consequences of the video interview with a person who is considered to be number-one criminal in Abkhazia by the electoral campaign. But now let's visit Tengiz Kitovani.

He lives in the north-west of Moscow Region in a country village in a two-storey country house instead of a luxurious mansion as we had expected.

We saw a 73-year-old man, dull of hearing and speaking disconnectedly. Former Minister of Defense of Georgia who brought troops in the territory of Abkhazia constantly confused dates and numbers. A copy of a document in Russian and Georgian, which was a basis to appoint Alexander Ankvab member of the Georgian State Council on 18 August 1992 and to declare him governor of Abkhazia, is a paper that Kitovani always carries in the jockey box of his car. He immediately submitted it and finally gave it to us as a present.

However, we came to see Tengiz Kitovani not only to talk about Ankvab, for this is a temporary issue that will be relevant until elections in Abkhazia. We also wanted to hear his version of how the Georgian-Abkhaz war began.

Our first question is: what was happening in Tbilisi a few days before the war and when and how was the decision on bringing in troops taken?

According to Kitovani, the principal decision on introducing the troops was taken when "the Abkhaz prohibited the Georgians to enter Abkhazian territory". It looks like we've ran across a new "historical fact". As the former Georgian minister of defense asserts, the Abkhaz authorities hampered the Georgians' entrance in the territory of Abkhazia on the eve of the war - except those who lived in the republic on a permanent basis. So far, no one gave such an explanation to the introduction of troops. Kitovani says that the Abkhaz set out an outpost on the border to send Georgians back.

Another familiar motive is the protection of the railway. "Any state must be accountable for other countries' freights transited through its territory", - Kitovani said. He added that the authorities brought a lot of armour in Abkhazia in order to defend the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian freights transported by railway. But the fact is that the freight trains were pillaged not in Abkhazia but in West Georgia and there were only two incidents in the Abkhaz territory.

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