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Political squabbles hit common people hard2009-05-04 15:31
A regional conference of organizations of Russian compatriots in South Caucasian countries was held in Yerevan. The participants discussed vital problems of the compatriots and the status of the Russian language in South Caucasian republics.
The Yerevan forum was the third meeting of Organizations of Russian Compatriots living in South Caucasus welcoming delegations from Abkhazia, Armenia, Georgia, South Ossetia and the representatives of the Federation Council and Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ITAR-TASS reports. Such a large-scaled conference is not accidental - Russian speaking people in South Caucasus have lots of problems. According to the chairman of the Otchizna Union of Russian Compatriots in Georgia, Irina Svarchuk regular anti-Russian propaganda in Georgia "is not going to slow down". "On the contrary both official and oppositional electronic media are literally competing with each other depicting Russia as an enemy and completely falsifying history, representing Russia-Georgia
relations as permanently hostile, as a centuries-long war", - Irina Svarchuk is quoted by ITAR-TASS. - This all reminds of a notorious principle of propaganda - the more impudent a lie is the more are the chances it'll be believed in".
In particular, her words proved true during the one-day boycott of the Russian language in Georgia in February. "We are still under Russian occupation". - Re-action internet forum founder Giga Nasaridze, one of the boycott initiators was quoted by Regnum IA. - Last year Russia revealed its aggressive nature. But we must liberate ourselves from occupation gradually". "We think one day of the year - on February 25, the day of our country's forced sovietization, we must refrain from broadcasting in Russian - Nica Siradze, a forum activist, supported him in his interview with RIA Novosti. It will be remembered the appeal was immediately taken up by the Georgian radio stations and TV companies.
According to Irina Svarchuk, the situation of the Russian community in Georgia is significantly different (not better) from the living conditions of Russian compatriots in Azerbaijan and Armenia. "There is purposeful forcing-out of the Russian language and Russian culture". "The national concept of tolerance" that was recently presented by the Council for Civil Integration and Tolerance with the Administration of the President of Georgia pays very little attention to the support for Russian language schools. Russians "are not presented at all" in the documentaries about various ethnic groups living in Georgia planned to be shown, Svarchuk emphasized.