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Georgians treated the patriarch for nothing2010-09-22 18:50
Russian Patriarch Cyril failed to please Georgian parliamentarian Shota Malashkhia. It turns out that the head of the Russian Orthodox Church should not have congratulated Ossetians with the twentieth anniversary of proclaiming independence so long as he had stayed with Georgian families before the war. Both Eugeny Evtushenko and Fazil Iskander have also been billed for the table. These "ungrateful" Russians are rebuked by Georgia, which has backed the wrong horse in its greed.
On the eve of the Orthodox holiday, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, our Christian brothers Georgians rebuked Russian patriarchate of advocating separatism. South Ossetia, which is recognized by Russia, received greetings with the gaining of independence from Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril. 20 years ago, South-Ossetian autonomous republic declared its withdrawal from the Georgian SSR.
As the appeal goes, the way of the state formation was not an easy one. "The August 2008 events became a special trial, - the greeting says, - when many people died and suffered".
It is now important for Cyril that Russian-Ossetian relationship is developing and serve the "enhancement of stability in the region".
In Georgia, Russian patriarch's appeal was taken as a state order and black ingratitude. Chairman of parliamentary commission for territorial integrity restoration Shota Malashkhia put Cyril to shame by saying that he stayed with Georgian families in Abkhazia and now forgot his kind-hearted hosts who had to escape from there and now live in the places densely populated by migrants.
Russian patriarch seems to be less guilty of this tragedy than his Georgian colleague who in due time blessed the servicemen from Tbilisi to make violence upon the Abkhaz. No wonder that today, the Abkhaz have no desire to confess to Georgian priests. Neither can the Ossetians imagine a Georgian who would give them absolution after the bloody August 2008.
How can one be truly Orthodox and bless a war with coreligionists at the same time? Neither can one be truly hospitable and then demand a fee for board and lodging. It is quite indicative, though, that not only Malashkhia displays this late greed. Anaida Bestavashvili, a well-known Georgian translator, has recently billed her friends Eugeny Evtushenko and Fazil Iskander. The former was guilty of making an attempt to bring back a country house in Abkhazia, while the latter was accused of rebuking Georgians of nationalism and speaking for the independence of his motherland. As it turns out, both of them owe everything to Georgian intelligentsia and show no respect for Georgia's territorial integrity. So much wine and shashlik spent in vain!