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Georgian agitprop converting Khripun into Agent 007?2009-12-24 23:01
As GeorgiaTimes wrote earlier on Monday Vitaly Khripun, a contract soldier fled his military unit in South Ossetia to Georgia. This is the third time a Russian military crosses the Georgian border.
As Russian media report with reference to sources in South Ossetian power structures Khripun was on a contract service in a border protection unit stationed in Sinapur village of Java district. "He left on Sunday night; he was drunk and was armed" - a South Ossetian power official told Kommersant. - He's unlikely to come to Russia where he will be charged with desertion. Most probably he will be featured on Georgian TV".
It's true that the information about the Russian deserter seeking political asylum in Georgia was disseminated by the pro-governmental TV channel Imedi reporting that Khripun had decided to flee because of "intolerable conditions" of service. Another government-loyal TV channel Rustavi-2 presents a version that the 25-year old ensign ran away because of political views.
Khripun's further statements are quite incoherent and look absurd. There is an impression he had a severe hangover. The deserter stated the reason for his flight was differences with superiors. "There are orders -particularly after the monument demolition (Glory Memorial in Kutaisi) that are humiliating to both Georgian and Ossetian people. It's verbal humiliation, not physical. Besides there is corruption, bribery in the army", - his words were quoted by the media of both states.
The further on the deeper. Moskovsky Komsomolets with reference to the Georgian Club of Experts that is determined as "a rather competent organization established by ex officers of Georgian special services led by General Levan Kiknadze, ex deputy chairman of intelligence department" develops a version that Vitaly Khripun was planted to Georgia with a special task.
Probably this Georgian site really was created by the workers of "invisible front" but the russophobic stance worked out by Mr. Saakashvili's agitprop and his overseas patrons is glaring. So if needed they will pursue the idea that brave Georgian counter intelligence officers allegedly disclosed modern Stirlitz or Agent 007. The problem is that Khripun is too weak for this role. Serious experts that Moskovsky Komsomolets refers to should have respected their Russian colleagues. They went to the same school after all.