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Kolerov reminded Georgia about Beslan’s sins2010-03-16 22:21
Georgia has been accused of being involved in a terrorist act carried out in a North-Ossetian school. In fact, that is a six-year-old accusation which was voiced for the first time as a statement made by the South-Ossetian authorities on 2 September 2004. One of these days, journalist Modest Kolerov reminded about "the little sins of Georgia" in the course of the Moscow-Tbilisi video bridge where the Imedi TV provocation was discussed.
"No joking with war" - that was the title of the video bridge, which Head of the Regnum Informational Agency Modest Kolerov left without waiting until the end. The point at issue was the so-called "modeling Russia's attack against Georgia" that had been aired throughout Georgia in the prime time hours and caused panic among the people. The Russian and Georgian journalists shared the opinion that the piece broadcasted by the Imedi TV company was nothing but propaganda.
The participants of the discussion held serious demands against each other as to the essence of the broadcast and the state of the Russian-Georgian relationship. Modest Kolerov accused Georgia of being involved in the arrangement of Beslan tragedy. "We know perfectly well that there were Georgian terrorists in Beslan during the terrorist act", - he stated.
Georgian journalist Lasha Tugushi made a protest against these words, having compared them to an anecdote or a feeble joke. He reminded Russia of its armed assistance provided to the South-Ossetian separatists in 2008. "They (the Russian authorities - ed.) opened the border only to bring the weapon into the territory of Georgia. I hope you agree with that, for the war was not made with bludgeons. Besides, Russia had no right to carry out military training on our borders and in the occupied territories", - Tugushi stated.
In response, the head of Regnum pointed at the fact that Russia has got the right to hold military exercises in South Ossetia, while it is the Georgian-American exercises that are held in Georgia. After that, Modest Kolerov ceased his participation in the video bridge.
What did Kolerov mean by speaking about the Georgian terrorists? Everyone knows perfectly well that after the second Chechen campaign Georgia opened the border and let the Chechen refugees, the relatives of the local Kistines, to the Pankisi Gorge. However, the militants also got there together with the common citizens. Russia made a protest and suggested mopping up the gorge by joint efforts; however, the Georgian authorities coped with the situation on their own, having arranged it with the militants and having settled the problem without a single shot.