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Out of touch with Sukhum?2010-06-24 10:27
Failing to reach Sukhum over the phone our colleagues from Tbilisi got cold sweat all over them: Georgian telephone codes are invalid. Immediate conclusion was that Russia officially annexed Abkhazia. Thinking over this logical chain the wordsmiths immediately informed Abkhazians that slept through this event. However, they continue to use Georgian codes - as usual.
What does a person usually do unable to reach someone over a familiar number? He tries similar numbers, finds out about telephone network failure. But this is what a common person does, not a far-sighted Georgian journalist that looks for any chance to write about Abkhazia occupied by the neighboring empire.
When Sukhum code 8-122 failed for a call from Georgia Our Abkhazia (Georgian resource) posted curious news: "Abkhazia has been officially annexed to Russia". Citizens of the new republic didn't notice that and slept through such an important event in their lives.
In compliance with Lenin's precepts invasion into a country must begin with telegraphs, postal service and bridges, compatriots of Lenin's successor remind. And if Russia granted its telephone codes to Abkhazia, this is occupation of the country, they explain.
Does that mean that Russia occupied Kazakhstan too? This country uses +7, the Russian code as international and following the logic of the author of this sensation Astana is a victim to "imperial aspirations" of the northern state.
It should be reminded that Moscow presented Abkhazsvyaz with the "lucky seven" last autumn. Since then all codes - Georgian 995 and Russian 840 (for wired phones) and 940 (for cell phones) have been fully available.
Nothing new has happened over this half a year, Timur Pipia, head of Sukhum city Telephone Company told GeorgiaTimes.
- We have no limitations. Phone calls from Georgia continue as usual, - the person in charge of communication with Abkhaz capital said surprised at the question. - It isn't worth attention.
- Was there the task to cut communication via the Georgian code? They say in Tbilisi that earlier only technical reasons stopped that.
- We have never set such tasks. We believe there must be no limitation on receipt and further dissemination of information elsewhere. This is true for communication too. We favor extension of all kinds of communications. So it is pure misinformation.
- Do you think it is fair to say that Russia's granting code +7 to Abkhazia means infringement on independence?