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Friday, 20 April 2018


“Russian trace” left by strangers

2010-10-12 16:16

8679.jpegAbkhazia is one of the few states where representatives of different religions live in peace. Christians, Muslins or adepts of mysterious "Abkhaz" faith live in harmony with each other, celebrating all holidays at one common table by southern tradition and not dividing neighbors into friends and foes. This blessed living is enviable to other Caucasian republics that regularly face religious clashes, as well as Europe and the Middle East where this kind of squabbling is not a rarity.

But all things break in the end. And this breach is a trace of a submachine gun burst...


There are only two mosques in Abkhazia - in Sukhum, the capital city, and Gudauta. Actually, this is quite enough for a small state where Muslims are much fewer than Christians.

Besides, the building in Gudauta does not look exactly like a mosque: it's just a preaching house, a private one by the way. Sukhum authorities transferred this building to the spiritual administration of Muslims of Abkhazia embracing nearly 200 Sunnites.

On Friday, a holiday for Muslims, at around 15.00 Moscow time unknown gunmen took the building under fire from submachine guns and a silenced pistols killing one and severely injuring two people that came to Friday service.

The criminals drove near the preaching house in their car and attacked 8 Muslims standing in the yard.

One of the injured men tried to defend himself by shooting back and catching up with the car of the criminals but they managed to flee.

Two hours later the law-enforcement bodies found a dark green VW Touareg of the killers left at the entry to Achandara village of Gudauti district. The car was burned down: most probably, the criminals were trying to cover their tracks, but they failed to. The off-roader and its owners were recognized. As it turned out, the car was registered to... a female resident of Khimki town in Moscow region.

But why "Moscow trace"? It is well known that Russia treats Abkhazia like its own child wrested from an evil stepmother. Besides, it is perfectly obvious how awkward it is for Moscow to stir disarray in Abkhazia.

As it was found out rather quickly, the husband of the lady who was the owner of the killers' VW as evidenced by the documents resells cars registering some of them to his wife for business purposes. Most probably, she has absolutely nothing to do with the crime.

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