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Victory for Reconciliation2010-05-13 16:04
This year's Victory Day festivities in Moscow herald a new epoch of relations between Russia and the West. For the first time in history allied forces were marching together with Russian troops. Participation of NATO member states in Victory Parade in Red Square silently shows that the Cold War era ended long ago, and WWII allies are ready for cooperation. How about the states that quite recently tried to rewrite history so ardently? Was little Georgia given place in festivities on the 65th anniversary of Victory? After all, a son of Georgia was raising the banner of victory over Reichstag in distant 1945. Over 300,000 Georgians died in the Great Patriotic War that young authorities
prefer calling "alien". In spite of last year's demolition of Glory Memorial in Kutaisi, despite rejection to receive Georgian authorities as Victory Parade invitees in Moscow, Georgian veterans of the GPW were desirable and honorary guests in Moscow.
Invited by the Union of Georgians in Russia, the war veterans and Georgia's art and culture figures came to Moscow on these festive May days. "Celebrating 65th anniversary of Victory is a historic event not only to Russia - to the whole world. Since history can't be rewritten - no matter how hard one would want it. There is only one truth. That is why the Union of Georgians in Russia invited veterans and officers that took part in the war on behalf of Georgia as well as representatives of Georgian intelligentsia", - Mikhail Khubutia, president of the Union of Georgians in Russia remarked.
He highlights that today's main task is to preserve all good things that connect Russian and Georgian peoples. "Yes, recently there has been a lot of bad feeling and disappointment between us. It is true, there are forces that want us to be enemies. But can invisible threats that connect our nations be torn? Now there are attempts to rewrite history. But how about works of Russian poets and writers who praised Georgia? How about Georgian films about Russia? Every thinking person understands now it's the time to stop disappointing each other but start moving toward each other, as before", - Mikhail Khubutia explained.
Regardless of the heap of problems the task has been completed. Back to the motherland, a Georgian veteran said that in distant 1940s he had been defending Moscow he had not visited for already 14 years. "The way we were received was such a joy. I will tell my family about the presents we were given, about Russian kids shaking our hands and embracing us - they won't believe me", - David Yakobashvili, a Georgian veteran said hoping he would be lucky to celebrate Victory Day in Moscow next year too.