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Tbilisi renders an account

2010-02-18 23:48

5388.jpegRussia owes Georgia 40 billion dollars for preventing it from conquering the Abkhaz and the Ossetians in the 90s by way of fire and bloodshed. That is the amount of the damage caused by the presence of the Russian military troops and companies in Abkhazia and South Ossetia; the figure was voiced by Head of the Parliamentary Commission for Territorial Integrity Restoration Shota Malashkhia in his interview to a Russian newspaper. However, this money is never going to be retrieved and the fact of the damage will never be proven to court.

The winner is forced to pay a contribution: this would be nonsense anywhere but in Georgia.

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The country, whose army helplessly crept away after the aggression against Tskhinval in 2008, is going to demand a 40-thousand-dollars indemnification from Russia. This amount was voiced by Chairman of the Interim Commission for Territorial Integrity Restoration Shota Malashkhia in his interview to the News Time.

For several years, the commission has been calculating the damage caused by the presence of the Russian military men and economical activities of the Russian companies in Abkhazia and South Ossetia that are considered to be the territory of Georgia. According to Malashkhia, Russia owed Georgia 20 billion dollars before 1998, and it owed an approximately similar amount for the rest of the years.

Some of these means are going to be demanded through Strasbourg Court by individuals, mostly refugees. Over three hundred claims have already been sent to France.

The state has already filed a lawsuit against Russia, demanding to hold it responsible for the violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination "in the territory of Georgia and around it" in 1990 - 2008. The application has been accepted by the Hague court; Georgia has furnished its proofs.

Russia is to send counter arguments to the court by July 2. So far, Russia has taken up the position that Georgia's lawsuit does not fall within the jurisdiction of the UN International Court because the dispute between Moscow and Tbilisi does not concern racial discrimination. Here, we come across certain discrepancies as to the grounds of the use of force, and Moscow was never obliged to submit this issue to the court.

Georgia asserts that by its actions Moscow contributed to forcing the Georgian people out of the two former autonomies. Is that true?

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