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Abkhaz generalship gets resigned2010-04-30 01:21
Following Russian-Abkhaz military drills the Abkhaz Defense Ministry launched a thorough sweep-up pensioning off five generals, six colonels and some more high-ranking officials for "old age" and "state of health". Georgian experts find lots of contradicting explanations starting from dislike to Chief of Joint Staff Anatoly Zaitsev to the Russian leaders' discontent over the general's initiatives on army reinforcement. Discharge of all Defense tops will have significant consequences for Abkhazia. Still it remains unclear who needed that.
As the president's site reports "in compliance with the order on military service the following deputy defense ministers of Abkhazia were retired for old age: colonel general Anatoly Zaitsev, major general Zakan Nanba, major general Harri Kupalba, major general Slava Ankvab, major general Alexander Melnik. Among retired colonels are Dmitry Sokolov (for state of health), Alexander Antipov, Anatoly Gorbunov, Zaur Adleiba, Ruslan Chokua, Nodar Kakubava". President Sergey Bagapsh thanked them personally "for faultless service in the Abkhaz army". "They witnessed the making of Abkhaz army. After the war they took part in all operations", - the head of the state highlighted. The president expressed special gratitude to Anatoly Zaitsev, now former head of the Joint
Staff for establishing due discipline in the army.
Russian experts have made no comments on these resignations yet. In a reply to GeorgiaTimes Alexander Khramchikhin, head of analytical department at the Institute of Political and Military Analysis referred them to political and financial issues. Pavel Felhenhauer, an independent military expert, only remarked that such staff decisions are coordinated with the Russian side since "Abkhaz armed forces are integrated into the Russian Army".
Georgian experts are not unanimous in their opinions believing that Zaitsev's resignation was Bagapsh's act to meet expectations of local security officials who believed him an outsider and "a supervisor" from Moscow. As 24 Saati newspaper (Georgia) wrote earlier the resignation of head of Joint Staff was triggered by the arrest of his driver at the time of a night-time robbery of petrol stations.
The newspaper also remarks that Zaitsev was on bad terms with Defense Minister Merab Kishmaria. Allegedly the Russian General was conceiving reforms but failed to overcome corruptness of local army leaders. To be more precise, as Georgy Tsiklauri, a member of the Expert Club suggests, he failed to divide spheres of influence in criminal activities.