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No destructive criticism, please2009-05-28 23:35
Recently the opposition in Abkhazia and South Ossetia has become extremely active. Though a politically mature society is hard to imagine without criticism against the country's authorities, it is Georgia that can take advantage of the actions of the discontent in the new republics.
This statement was made on May 26 by Konstantin Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma. "There is no reason to doubt that the elections in South Ossetia to be held this weekend will be legitimate and democratic, - Res IA quotes. - All attempts to seek invalidity and inadequacy of the coming elections come from Georgia out of its despair as it has no more hope to bring South Ossetia back. In view of this the Georgian side creates various problems for the republic".
According to Konstantin Zatulin under no circumstances will Moscow change its political line towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "However we must realize any word or deed we take that have some weight will be immediately caught and replicated by both supporters and opponents of Russia".
Zatulin's "word or deed" apparently refers to the statement by Sergey Naryshkin, Head of the Russian Presidential Administration from his interview with Vesti 24: "Elections in South Ossetia will confirm its stand on inviolability of the constitution and its norms and inadmissibility of amendments to the constitution in favor of certain political changes". Opponents of the South Ossetian authorities immediately interpreted these words that Moscow is not interested to see Edward Kokoyty reelected for the third term. The interpretation was immediately snatched by Tbilisi, which is little wonder in fact. It is unlikely Naryshkin's words meant development of South Ossetia's statehood for Georgia.
"Our country is interested to maintain stability achieved by South Ossetian and Abkhazian governments, - Konstantin Zatulin says. - That is why I would mildly recommend that certain representatives of the opposition express all their opinions not affecting delicate strings of relations between Russia and the recognized states".
In the meantime Abkhazia is undergoing practically the same phase. According to Segodnya.ru recently the Abkhaz opposition was on the point of demanding Sergey Bagapsh's resignation accusing him of signing agreements with Russia that allegedly conflict with the interests of Abkhazia.
The agreement on joint state border control, transfer of the Abkhaz railway to Russian Railways JSC, participation in preparations for Sochi 2014 Olympics as well as exploration of natural resources came under criticism.