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Apartment in Tbilisi for another deserter2009-12-22 17:34
Georgia is an attractive country especially for Russian deserters. Today the third Russian soldier fled the border checkpoint in South Ossetia asking Georgian authorities for "political asylum". Why not: instead of military drilling - attention of the media, an apartment in Tbilisi instead of barracks, and "respect" and "glory" instead of humiliations. Let's hope Georgian tax payers won't resent over generosity of their leaders who spend money on traitors of Motherland.
Perevi divided by the border checkpoint into the Georgian and Ossetian parts was the place where private Vitaly Khripun, another Russian soldier, fled from. He has already asked the Georgian authorities for political asylum.
In July it was Dmitry Artemyev who disappeared from this locality and was declared kidnapped. His parents - father, a retired Special Police lieutenant colonel and mother, a psychologist couldn't believe their son had resorted to treason.
However he didn't believe himself a traitor. He complained about bullying, hunger and...discipline. When his dad promised he would be transferred to another unit when he returned he said: "It can't be that way in Russian army. It's discipline there. No doubt I'll be punished", Kommersant writes.
He was preceded by sergeant Alexander Glukhov, a backward leaver of a correction class in Udmurtia who found it hard to be on military service. He left for Georgia in January.
Maybe when Alexander Glukhov, Dmitry Artemyev and deserter Vitaly Khripun - a "freshman" - went to serve in South Ossetia they didn't know it was not going to be a health resort? That it's a place where Russian soldiers were dying last year protecting people's lives from impatience of the Georgian revanchists.
Artemyev stated he had been beaten in his unit for the question "Why am I in Tskhinval when I was going to defend Russia?" It's like hitting the nail on the head. It's true there must be no soldiers on temporary military service outside Russia. But if they were sent there does that mean the oath should be broken?
It's not a secret that question making is not for the army where orders of the command are executed.
Let's imagine a soldier in the Georgian army that would have refused to attack Tskhinval on Mikheil Saakashvili's order. It's an inhuman order considering there were old people, women and children in town. But any disobeying soldier would have been a deserter.